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Develop your abilities as a rugby player with intensive training and high-level competition while continuing your studies.

Looking for an opportunity to play rugby at a high level and have your experiences count towards your future career?

Whether your goal is to become a professional rugby player, move into a coaching or backroom role or if you believe playing and learning the game in a professional environment can benefit your studies or career in other ways, this course is for you.

You will benefit from specialised coaching and matches will be played on the 4G facility at Oxford Harlequins RFC. You will also have access to the outstanding new gym, strength and conditioning and sports therapy facility at the City of Oxford College city centre campus.


What I'll learn

In addition to your academic learning schedule, you will be supported on modules designed by sports professionals. Each module will develop a specific facet of your game, including your ability to read and interpret the game around you, as well as the correct mental and physical preparation and recovery.

As part of the AASE squad, you will study the following:

  • Technical & Tactical Coaching
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Nutrition

You will also get the opportunity to compete in the highly competitive RFU AASE League, a widely-renowned competition at the highest level of college sport.

Although we understand your passion and focus may be on the player development programme, you will are expected to place your academic studies as your first priority. According to our latest graduation data, nearly 600 Activate Learning graduates went on to study courses at over 90 different higher education providers across the UK. That includes Oxford University, King's College London and 18 of the 24 universities that make up the world-class Russell Group. Many more have walked straight into the world of work after benefitting from our wide range of industry connections. We expect you to uphold these high standards.

Whatever your academic ambitions, Activate Learning offers hundreds of programmes and our specialist Advice and Admissions team can help you find the coure that is right for you. All our programmes incorporate our award-winning Learning Philosphy, which will give you the skills you need to succeed in your studies and personal life whie at college and beyond.


How I'll learn

The environment on this course is designed to mirror a professional environment and you should expect to treat it as such.

You will have regular access to professional services to help improve your abilities as a player, as well as group and one-to-one coaching support.

Our AASE Group is comprised of the top 30 players within the college's Elite Sports sector, while the next best 30 players form the AASE Development Group. Our AASE squad competes at a very high level and applicants are expected to be capable of playing to at least county standard.


Entry Requirements

Your application will be judged on your abilities as a rugby player, as well as your academic merits.

As a rugby player, we will be assessing your experience, your rugby CV and performances in trials.

Academically, you should expect to need good grades overall, with specific requirements dependant on the subject you wish to study. 


How to Apply

You can apply for this programme online. Click on APPLY NOW and follow the steps below:

  • Register for our online service and verify your account
  • Log in to our website and click APPLY NOW on your chosen programme’s page to complete your application

As part of your application, you will be asked to provide us with your contact details, how your chosen programme fits with your future plans and if you require any extra support (for example, because of a disability, medical condition, learning or language support needs).
Please include full details of your qualifications from your own country, as well as details of any English Language tests you have taken.

Printed application forms are also available.

Please contact our Careers team if you need advice and guidance to help you choose the right programme for you.