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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 be 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. 

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

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?

It's easy to apply online using our simple step-by-step application form.

We will then get in touch to arrange an interview before starting the course.


Next steps

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