What I'll learn
AASE players can choose to study a BTEC National Diploma in Sport, Sports and Exercise Science, Business or other vocational area, or a choice of A Levels at City of Oxford College.
Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)
Alongside your chosen academic path, a selected number of student athletes will study towards a Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE). This is an RFU endorsed rugby programme for 16-18-year-olds based at the England Regional Academies. The aim is to produce players who:
- have developed the skills and abilities to gain a professional contract at 18
- are aware of their rights and responsibilities as professional players (lifestyle, image, behaviour etc.)
- know how to manage their finances
- have a contingency plan for an alternative career in the event of injury or failure to achieve a playing contract
Your rugby and academic schedule
You will have a practical rugby schedule in addition to your academic lessons, and 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, your typical week will include:
- Timetabled academic lessons
- 7 hours of contact time plus one AASE Matchday
- Strength and conditioning and prehab sessions
- Units/Team Rugby and analysis sessions
- Additional (optional) sessions over the weekend
You will 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.
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.
You will learn alongside our experienced staffing team, including:
- Head Coach and Manager
- Elite Rugby Coordinator and Pastoral Lead
- Full-time Assistant Coach
- Wasps Academy Strength and Conditioning Lead and Assistant Coach
- Wasps Academy Physiotherapist and Assistant Physio
- Wasps Academy Analysis Support
You will also be able to access support services throughout your studies, including an analysis platform, access to medical staff on training days, meetings with coaching staff, and a Pastoral Lead to review academic progress.
Accommodation in Oxford can be organised for Wasps programme students.