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Level 3 Access to Higher Education Diploma - Sport and Exercise

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Course Description

Sport Access can equip you with the skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a variety of sports and non-sports settings. If you’re aspiring to work in coaching, performance analysis, rehabilitation, strength and conditioning, sports development, school-based physical education or injury prevention, this course can help you to reach your goal.

Hopwood Hall College is recognised as one of the best colleges in the North West for Sport related courses, it has fantastic facilities and tutors with industry related experience. The content of the course is a mixture of units on various topics in sport and academic study skills to support your progression into university.



AWARD: Access to HE Diploma – Sport and Exercise

FEES: £620-£3400 per year

Entry Requirements

It is essential that you have at least a Level 2 in English and Maths (GCSE grade C/4 or above) prior to entry on the Access Level 3 Diploma. Alternatively the Level 2 Access to HE qualification will also be suitable.

Those who do not have GCSE Maths and English will be directed to Level 2 Access programme or suitable alternatives.

Applicants are required to complete an assessment when applying for this course.

You must be 19 years of age by 1st September in the year the course starts. Please be aware that successful completion of an Access to HE Diploma does not guarantee a place at university.


This Pathway covers a mixture of units on various topics in sport such as:

  • Diet and Digestion
  • Human Cardiovascular System
  • Life Style Choices and Health
  • Organisation of the Body
  • The Musculoskeletal System
  • Physiology in Sport
  • Developing Sport Skills
  • Discrimination in Sport
  • Ethics in Sport
  • Sports Development
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Cardio-respiratory Response to Exercise
  • Training and Fitness
  • Funding and Promotion of Sport in the UK

Work Experience

There are no formal work experience requirements on this course.


The Access to HE Diploma offers students a way to gain the qualifications needed to enter Higher Education and gain a degree, helping enter their chosen career.

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