Level 3 Access to HE Sports Science


This course is for learners who have a strong interest into how science can support the study of sports.

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 onto a sports science or sport and exercise science undergraduate degree.

Course Content - What will I learn?

Subjects include Anatomy and Physiology, Assessment of fitness, Biomechanics in Sport, Participation and Performance and Psychology for Sports Performance.

The course also include academic writing skills, preparation for HE and communication, speaking and listening.


Am I right for the course?

You will be over 19 years and have been out of formal education for one year.

The course is one year full time (normally three or four days a week). Attendance is important given the intensive nature.

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.

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?

The course is very popular and an early application is advisable in order to avoid disappointment. We will ask you come into college to discuss the course and your aspirations with a member of the Access Team. You will asked to take an initial tests in English and maths.

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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Contact our Admissions team to find out more about student fees and how they might apply to you.

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