Level 3 Access to HE Sports Science


Learners who choose to undertake this Diploma are likely to have a strong interest into how science can support the study of sports. The range of units chosen for this diploma will give a good overall view of the relationship between sport and science, focusing the mandatory units on a mixture of the two disciplines.

Students will be able to see the links between the two areas and understand how they work together and how reliant they are on each other. The units will allow students to consider their options for further study and then progress onto sports science or sport and exercise science undergraduate degrees whilst having given them a flavour of how these elements work together.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Students will study mandatory content in a range of relevant areas including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and understanding the impact of exercise on the body. They will have the opportunity to research into a relevant topic and present their findings. Students will selection optional units of interest which could provide underpinning skills, knowledge and understanding for their planned future programme of study such as sports injuries, coaching, promoting exercise in children and young people and the link between human physiology and nutrition. Following successful completion of this Diploma, students will be able to progress to university to study a range of pathways, including sports science, sports studies and physiotherapy.


Am I right for the course?

This course is suitable for anyone aged 19+ who, because of social, educational or individual circumstances may have achieved few, if any, prior qualifications and wish to progress to HE. It’s also suitable for adults who have gone straight into industry (perhaps following apprenticeship routes) who wish to progress to HE.

Access to HE is an intensive course and it is important that you understand the commitment. We will ask you to complete initial assessments in English and maths. We would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you are working at Level 1 in maths and Level 2 in English (GCSE level). In addition you will have an interview with an Access to HE lecturer.

Face to face or online.

During the course, there may be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main programme. You will have the opportunity to develop independent study skills as well as employability skills and transferrable skills which will support your progress to higher education or employment. These additional qualifications may include drug awareness, first-aid, sport-specific coaching badges and other sport-related qualifications.

Oaklands College has a team of experienced and specialist subject staff who have industry experience and deliver the teaching and learning on the programme. In addition there is a dedicated team of personal tutors who will help you develop your study skills and support you in reaching your full academic potential.

What Next?

This qualification is designed to support progression to employment after further study at University. However, it also supports you if you choose to progress directly to employment, as the transferable knowledge, understanding and skills will give you an advantage in applying for entry level roles or ‘school leaver’ industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and fitness training, coaching, and sports performance research.

Potential progression could be working towards:

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Performance and Coaching
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching
  • BA (Hons) Sports Studies

Our Sports courses will help you get to the ceiling of your ability and this could be Regional, National or even International level competition. You could also progress to University or into direct employment.

Potential careers:

  • Sport and Exercise Psychologist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sport and Exercise Physiologist
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sports Massage Therapist
  • Sports Physiotherapist
  • Sport Nutritionist

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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