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Sport Access to Higher Education

Level 3 - Advanced

Sport Access to Higher Education

This course provides you with a balance of both academic and practical units. The aim of the Access to Sports Studies pathway is to equip you with the skills, knowledge and fundamental understanding of sport to enable you to successfully advance through to university level study the following year.  You will study topics like Skeletal & Muscular Systems, Energy Systems, Coaching & Fitness, Exercise, Health & Lifestyle and Nutrition for Sport.

This course is specifically designed for people with life experience outside formal education who would like to study at university but who haven't yet achieved the appropriate qualification to gain access to higher education.

Course Content - This course develops skills and knowledge by studying a wide range of topics. These will enable the learner to understand key elements and components within the Sport Industry with a scientific leaning to the elements covered.

Units that you will study include:

  • Introduction to Sport & Exercise Sciences
  • Sports Coaching
  • Study Skills
  • Work Experience
  • Nutrition in Sports
  • Research Project
  • Sports Injuries
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Biomechanics



Sutton Coldfield College



* Courses are free for 16-18s. Students aged 19 or over could be charged fees and is subject to a fee assessment. Learners on benefits in the majority of cases courses are also free. Fee assessments are completed at enrolment.

Course Length: 33 Weeks

You should have GCSE subject passes in PE, science, English and maths, however mature students without formal qualifications are encouraged to apply. Life experience outside of formal education are taken into account as are the commitment to study and the desire to follow a career in the sports sector. Applicants need to be 19 years old or over.

This course is assessed by a combination of coursework and examinations.  Coursework may involve essays, presentations, reports, discussions and a portfolio of evidence.

Students on this programme successfully progress each year to a range of sport related degree programmes. Popular local destinations are Birmingham City University; the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham University. Birmingham Metropolitan College also deliver Higher Education courses – including Foundation Degree in Sport & Exercise Science – This is a collaborative degree programme in association with the University of Wolverhampton.

  • Intro to sport science
  • Sports Injuries
  • Intro to Sport coaching
  • Nutrition
  • Planning to progress
  • Sport Psychology
  • Biomechanics
  • Work Experience
  • Research Planning and (Application)
  • Ex Health & Lifestyle
  • Anatomy
  • Applied Coaching
  • Energy Systems

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