Activate Learning Junior Rowing Programme

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Prepare yourself for a sports-related career or degree with the Activate Learning Junior Rowing Programme.

The Junior Rowing Academy provides a platform for highly talented 16-year-old rowers to study for an Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science at City of Oxford College.

The Junior Rowing Academy will focus on junior trials. The programme will be predominantly focussed on sweep-oared rowing, with the junior women’s programme featuring a combination of sweep and sculling.

Candidates most likely to be accepted onto the two-year course are:

  • those due to start A Levels or equivalent qualifications, having finished GCSEs
  • rowers already performing at a high level nationally
  • athletes identified by British Rowing World Class Start Programme
  • athletes with some rowing experience and an elite sporting background

The group trains six days a week and boasts some of the best facilities in the world.

The Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is an advanced-level qualification, equivalent to A Levels, and is a recognised entry route to higher education or employment in the field of sport. The curriculum covers a wide range of subjects about sport and the human body, and gets you ready for a wide range of related careers, including physiotherapy, sports centre management, personal training and more.

All organisation and logistics are organised by the staff at City of Oxford College, so parents can be safe in the knowledge that your child will be supported in every way possible. This includes training times, competition logistics and travel between the college and boathouse. 

For students wishing to join the programme who are currently living outside the area, accommodation with host families can be arranged. Please contact Mark Burrows for more information.

What I'll learn

One of the key strengths of our rowing programme is the flexibility that allows athletes to focus on their studies, as well as offering one of the most successful training programmes in the world.

Transport to and from each session is provided by City of Oxford College, giving each athlete the easiest route to academic success and rowing development.

There are six core units and twelve specialist units. The six core subjects are:

  • anatomy
  • physiology
  • psychology
  • research methods
  • research project 
  • biomechanics

The specialist units cover:

  • exercise
  • health and lifestyle 
  • fitness testing
  • training and fitness
  • sport and exercise
  • massage
  • sports nutrition
  • sports injuries
  • sports coaching
  • practical individual and team sports
  • applied sport and exercise psychology
  • physiology
  • work-based experience in sport


How I'll learn

You will study through a mixture of theory and practical lessons. This extended diploma includes work experience, functional skills tutorials and additional qualifications. Additional qualifications include Level 2 treatment and management of injuries, first aid for sport and sports massage.

There are also residential visits and day trips at an additional cost. 


How I'll be assessed

You will be assessed continuously throughout the programme and given ongoing feedback to support you through the course.

Your assessments will be written, practical and verbal, and give you every opportunity to achieve the maximum grade available. Some of the additional qualifications are assessed through both theory and practical examinations.

Your lessons will take place at the excellent leisure facilities at Oxford College.


Entry Requirements

You will need 5 or more GCSEs grades A*–C or 9–4 (or equivalent), including English and maths, or a BTEC Level 2 Diploma, grade Merit or Distinction, plus GCSE grade C or above or Functional Skills at Level 2 in English and maths.

Applicants will be invited to attend an interview and complete an internal assessment.

All students will have their literacy and numeracy needs supported within the programme.


How to Apply

To register your interest please get in touch with our contacts at City of Oxford College:

You can also apply for this programme online. Simply follow the link to ‘apply now’ on your chosen programme page.

You will then be asked to register or log in to progress with 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.