Level 3 Access to HE Sports Science

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This course is for learners who have a strong interest into how science can support the study of sports. It is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.

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.

On this course you will study a range of relevant areas including anatomy, physiology, biomechanics and understanding the impact of exercise on the body. The units will allow you to consider your options for further study and successful completion could lead to progression ontoa sports science or sport and exercise science undergraduate degree.

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?

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Sport & Exercise Science are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the Sport & Exercise Science sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Sport & Exercise Science. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of Sport & Exercise Science, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport & Exercise Science give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

Maths and English or the equivilant. Diagnostic tests can also be accepted

Each unit is assessed through an assignment. This may be a piece of written work, controlled assessment or presentation. Most units are graded pass, merit or distinction. On completion the numbers of passes, merits and distinctions may be used to calculate a UCAS Tariff. Universities will generally set a target for merits, distinctions or a Tariff.

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 industry training programmes and Higher Apprenticeships in areas such as sport and fitness training, coaching, and sports performance research.

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:

  • Sports Professional
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Coach, Physiotherapist
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Leisure Centre Assistant
  • Outdoor Activities Instructor
  • Health and Fitness Instructor
  • Pool/Beach Lifeguard
  • Personal Trainer
  • Gym Instructor

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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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