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Access to University (Sport Science) - Level 3


Access to University courses are for prospective students who wish to apply for a Higher Education course at university. This course is ideal for mature students (aged 19+) with a keen interest in sport and exercise, who would like to study a related Higher Education course, such as a foundation degree in sports coaching and development, or sport and exercise science. You will study a range of units and complete graded assessments throughout the year in a range of formats, eg. practical observations, written assignments, tests and presentations.

On successful completion of the course you will awarded an Access to Higher Education Diploma. Cambridge Access Validating Agency (CAVA) designs and validates Access to Higher Education Diplomas. To find out more visit

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Entry requirements

  • You must be at least 19 years of age to enrol on an Access to University course.
  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above.

Don’t have the entry requirements for an Access to University course? Why not consider the Pre-Access to University course?

This course will provide you with the entry requirements to progress onto an Access to University course of your choice. The Pre-Access course provides GCSE English and GCSE maths plus a wrap-around qualification featuring research skills, revision techniques, advice on applying to university and work experience. This course is ideal for those who are returning to education with the view to progress to university. 

The fee for the course is £480 however this is income assessed and subject to change.

If you are interested in the Pre-Access course, please email

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20211 yr(s)4725A1382FREEFREE* to £3384.00Apply

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

This course is eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan

The Advanced Learner Loan is a new scheme introduced by the government to help mature learners study for qualifications that will improve their employability and develop high level skills and knowledge.

Loans are specifically designed for those aged 19 and over, who are intending to study on a Level 3 or higher course – including Access to HE Diplomas.

Best of all, if you successfully go on to complete an HE qualification following an Access to University course – you won’t even have to pay the loan back.

It’s easy to apply! To find out if you’re eligible, or for more information, see the Advanced Learner Loan page.

How long is the course?

One academic year.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a range of units and complete graded assessments throughout the year in a range of formats, eg. practical observations, written assignments, tests and presentations.

What does the course lead to?

Ultimately, this course will lay the foundations and skills needed to work in the sport and fitness sector. Examples of rewarding careers include:

  • Physical education teacher
  • Sport analyst
  • Sport and exercise nutritionist
  • Sport development manager
  • High performance sport coach

What will I study?

The course is made up of a number of units designed to prepare you for the demands of higher level study. The units you will study are:

  • HE study skills
  • Sports coaching practical
  • Placement practice
  • Human anatomy
  • Business in sport
  • Sports psychology
  • Exercise psychology
  • Sports development
  • Sports coaching principles
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Sports science research project

What can I go on to study?

You could progress to study a wide range of sport-related HE courses including our own HE courses:

  • Foundation Degree Sport Coaching and Development
  • Foundation Degree Sport and Exercise Science
  • BA (Hons) Sports Studies (Top-up)

How do I apply?

Apply online


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