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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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

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

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 will be invited for interview, where you will be asked for:

1.     A pass in GCSE English (or equivalent). A pass is a C or above pre-2017; or a 4 or above post-2017.

2.     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.

3.     A pass in GCSE Maths (or equivalent) will be required before progressing to Higher Education – so is strongly advised before starting the Access to HE Diploma.

4.     A genuine interest and knowledge of Sport and Exercise Science.

5.     An understanding of how the Access to HE Diploma will lead you to reaching your long-term goals.

6.     A readiness to study


You will study modules in 

  • Anatomy, 
  • Exercise Physiology, 
  • Skill Acquisition, 
  • Fitness Training, 
  • Sports Injuries, 
  • Biomechanics, 
  • Sports Psychology, 
  • Diet and Nutrition, 
  • Study skills,
  • Practical Scientific Investigation
  • Assessment is mainly continuous and geared to the needs of mature learners.

    Assessment are designed to start easily get more difficult as the year progresses. 

    There are range of assessment methods designed to prepare learners for the assessment methods in Higher Education.

    The course provides a pathway onto a variety of Higher Education degree courses at Universities around the country.

    These include Foundation Degrees and full Bachelor of Science Degrees in:


    • Sports Therapy
    • Sports Science
    • Sports Coaching Science
    • Sports Studies
    • Sports and Exercise Science
    • Sports Psychology

    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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    07 September 2020

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

    If you are aged 19+ and looking to study a Level 3 or above course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover your course fees.

    £9500.00 per year
    £3384.00 per year
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