The Access to Higher Education Diploma is a year-long qualification which prepares people without traditional qualifications for study at university.

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Centre for Applied Sciences
The Angel
311-321 Goswell Road

Funding and Advanced learner Loans:

Access to HE course are free for 19-23 year olds, providing this will be your first level 3 qualification. If you are aged 24 or over and want to study an Access to HE course, you will be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan, which will cover the cost of the course, and will be completely written off should you successfully complete your university degree. Find out more by visiting our financial support section to register your interest in receiving information about the loans from the College. 

Sports Science - Access to Higher Education


About the course

If you are 19+ and interested in sports, nutrition and the treatment of sports injuries, this could be the course for you. It's geared particularly towards people with enthusiasm and life experience, who don't yet have the necessary qualifications for further study or a career in sports science.

You don't need any formal qualifications, but you are advised to have work experience in sports clubs, gyms, sports clinics, schools, etc. Communication skills are important, so you will be given a simple diagnostic assessment in communications as part of your assessment interview.

Overseas applicants must have scored a 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System, with a minimum score of 5.5 on each skill.

You can study modules in Anatomy, Physiology, Health and Fitness, Sports Injuries, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Sports Studies, Diet and Nutrition, Coaching Skills, Study Skills, Maths and Statistics, and IT.

Assessment is mainly continuous and geared to the needs of mature learners.

The course provides a pathway onto a variety of Higher Education degree courses at Universities around the country. These include Foundation Degrees in Football and Community Coaching (with Arsenal FC) and Personal Training which are both run by City and Islington College.

Further to these, applicants can progress onto Full Bachelor of Science Degrees in Sports Therapy, Sports Science, Sports Coaching Science, Sports Studies, Sports and Exercise Science as well as Sports Psychology. City and Islington College are proud to have special links with London Metropolitan University and Arsenal Football Club, where our students continue to progress onto Higher Education, Coaching Placements and even a combination of the two, through the colleges Foundation Degree in Football and Community Coaching with Arsenal FC.

I cannot speak highly enough of Candi

Desiree Henry

Desiree Henry

Studied: BTEC Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science

Destination: Competing for Great Britain in the 4x100m

Desiree is a 200m World Youth Champion as well as being the fastest U18 in the world for 200m, and the fastest U20 in Europe over 200m. In 2014 she won Gold in the women’s 4x100m at the European Championships in Zurich.

Whilst competing at elite level athletics, Desiree has studied Sport Science at the Centre for Applied Sciences.

She was bestowed with the great honour of lighting the Olympic cauldron at the London 2012 opening ceremony. Desiree also won the Student of the Year Award for 2013.

“I cannot speak highly enough of Candi.” Desiree said. “The College has provided me with the perfect environment to learn about my passion – sport, and has given me the support I need to compete and train.

“If you come to this College and work hard you will succeed and make a lot of friends along the way.”

Course information

Start date
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17 September 2018

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Course level
Level 3
Course code
Start date
End date
Applied Sciences
Class Type
Full time
Student Type
Adults (19+)

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