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Access to Higher Education - Sports Science Pathway

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Access to Higher Education - Sports Science PathwayAvailable for Enquiries
Course Details
Location Wakefield City Campus
Level Level 3
Start Date September
Duration 1 year
Time of Day Day
Mode of Study Full time
Awarding Body CAVA
Programme Design and Overview

This course is ideal for you in you are interested in a career in sport and or sport science and wish to return to education and progress to university or a higher-level apprenticeship.  Designed for adult learners, our Access to HE Sports Science qualification will bridge the gap between GCSEs and higher education. 

This is a nationally recognised course and students who undertake this pathway then proceed to take degree courses in areas such as Sports Science, Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy, Applied Sports Performance, Teaching, Sports Nutrition and Sports Coaching. Different combinations of units are available for students wishing to progress in particular career pathways. Students are guided on the most appropriate units to take, as well as being supported with their applications to HE and for relevant work experience. The College has close links with regional universities which welcome mature students from the Access to HE course. 

The course is intensive and students should realise that it makes substantial demands in terms of time, commitment and study.

Attendance to all lessons is essential as we do not offer distance learning, therefore it is advisable to ensure work commitments can fit around the timetabled sessions.

What you will Study

You will take 12 compulsory units:

  • HE Study
  • Presentation Skills
  • Sports Coaching Practical Skills
  • Placement PracticeHuman Anatomy
  • Business in Sport
  • Sports Psychology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Development
  • Sports Coaching Principles
  • Fitness Testing and Training
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Sports Science Research Project
How you will Learn Study will involve presentations, practical activities, written assignments and discussions.
Course Structure

Graded units Human Anatomy, Business in Sport, Sports Psychology, Exercise Physiology, Sports Development, Sports Coaching Principles, Fitness Testing and Training, Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation and Sports Science Research Project: are graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Ungraded units: HE Study and Presentation Skills, Sports Coaching Practical Skills, Placement Practice (are mandatory units which are Pass or Fail.

How you will be Assessed

Assessment takes place through course assignments and formal written examinations.

It is essential that you meet all deadlines

Entry Requirements

GCSEs at grade A*-C (or grades 9 – 4) in English Language and Mathematics.

You will be expected to bring maturity and good organisational skills to the course. All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be interviewed following a written assessment.

Attendance Expectations The Access to Higher Education Programme will normally involve student contact time of a minimum of 450 hours over the course of one year, covering lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work. In addition to this, students will carry out other directed study and private study.
Fee Information

These fees relate to 2022/23

Course costs for students aged 19 or over - £3,384.00

If you are aged between 19 to 23 and you have not already achieved a full level 3 (or above) qualification, then your course may be free.

If you are aged over 19 and have achieved a full level 3 qualification or are aged over 24 you are probably eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan from the government to cover your tuition fees. The good news is that you will not have to repay this loan if you complete an Access course and then an HE/ degree course in any subject specialism.

For more detailed information on financial support please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

You can also get more details by going to:

Different fees apply to international/overseas students.

Further Study The majority of student’s progress to a degree courses, including the competitively priced Higher Education programmes offered at Wakefield College. The one-year HNC in Sports Science would be an ideal next step if you are looking for a career in sport or health related exercise. Students have progressed to a variety of universities, including Leeds, Leeds Trinity, Huddersfield, Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam, York, Bradford, Hull and Lancaster.
Career Opportunities With further education and training, successful completion of the Access to Higher Education programme can open up routes to a wealth of sports science-based careers including Sports Science, Sports Therapy and Physiotherapy, Applied Sports Performance, Teaching, Sports Nutrition and Sports Coaching.
How to Apply Contact the Course Information Team on 01924 789111 for an Access to HE Application Form. Applications will be dealt with in the order in which they are received with group interviews commencing in the Spring Term
For Further Details

Please contact Stephen Jones on 01924 789133 or Matt Roberts on 01924 789752 

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