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Access to Higher Education: Sports Science - Full-time

Access To Sports Science

Course outline

The purpose of the course is to give you the skills and knowledge to progress into Higher Education within the Sports Sciences disciplines.

The learning environment at Nottingham Trent University will give you the skills to go on and study in a field of your choice. The campus holds biomechanical labs, physiology labs, training and testing suites and sports pitches.

The course will provide greater understanding surrounding different variables that influence sports science. The programme is structured in a range of units such as coaching, applied sports science and study skills that will help you be successful in your degree studies.

You’ll learn a range of skills across the core sports science fields.

Over the year you will study:

  • HE study skills
  • Sports coaching principles
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Human anatomy
  • Injuries and rehabilitation
  • Sports psychology
  • Research project
  • Placement practice
  • Business in sport

The units are devised to give you a greater broader understanding towards the various disciplines that are involved within sports sciences. You will have support from a personal tutor who will guide you through your studies and support you in making your university application.

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Nottingham Trent University
Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Lane
NG11 8NS


Start: 30th September 2019

Course code: C028799 / Q028800


CAVA Access to HE Diploma


1 year

Level Level 3
Entry requirements

As the majority of our Access students are returning to learning as adults, we consider a range of experience when accepting students onto an Access programme. All students will be assessed to see what level they are learning at, particularly the level of English and maths skills, as these will be key to success whilst on a programme at Nottingham College. Your experience and level of study will be assessed at interview and this will determine your offer of a place at College.

The standard entry requirements for a level 3 programme at the College is:

  • 5 GCSEs at Grade A* to C/9 to 4, including English Language and Maths; or
  • A relevant Level 2 vocational qualification plus English Language and Maths at GCSE Grade A* to C/9 to 4 however relevant work experience will be considered as a substitute for a relevant Level 2 vocational qualification

Level 2 Functional Skills Maths may be used as an equivalent for GCSE Maths. If you have GCSE Maths and Functional Skills Level 2 in English you may undertake an initial assessment to determine your level of English.

It is not possible to study both GCSE English and Maths on this course.


Learning is assessed in a variety of methods to prepare you to study at university. This may include an extended essay, timed assessments under controlled conditions and report writing. Practical analysis and laboratories sessions are also included in the content.


Successful students can progress into Higher Education within the Sports Sciences disciplines.

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