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  • Accreditation by Open College Network West Midlands
  • 100% online learning
  • 600 notional learning hours

Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Turn your passion for sport into a career
  • Explore topics like biomechanics, sports psychology, and nutrition
  • Study a sports-related degree without A Levels
  • Completion possible within 1 year
  • Assignment based – no exams
  • Online study

About your Diploma

Sport can be incredibly exciting, full of energy and can ignite immense tension within fans, team members and sportspeople alike as they watch and witness how events unfold before them. For any sports enthusiast, this can be exhilarating, which is why so many people are captivated by, and actively follow sports of all kinds around the world. 
 
If you’re into sport, exercise, or nutrition, you can advance your knowledge and turn your passion into a career by studying a course in sports science that leads to a degree. This online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science) is ideal as it is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and meets the entry requirements for sports-related degrees at most universities. 
 
During the course, you will explore a range of modules that delve into how the body responds to movement, body-related elements that hinder performance and how to unlock the bodies full potential. You will learn everything from the way nutrition and digestion impact physical and sporting activity to the effects of stress and anxiety and how the endocrine system coordinates body functions.
 
With this knowledge, you will be prepared to tackle advanced sports and exercise-related topics at degree level and be on the path to a number of dynamic and fascinating careers in the field. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, delivering a host of online learning courses that help learners achieve their academic and career goals. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science) is a nationally recognised qualification set at Level 3, that is also regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the course, however, the flexibility of online study means it is possible to complete it much sooner. For this reason, most of our learners achieve their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months, which allows them to progress to university within a year.
 
To help you stay on track, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) outlining the submission deadlines for your assignments. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities as each institution sets its own. It is your responsibility to check with your chosen institution that this qualification will be accepted before enrolling on the course. 

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science)

On successful completion of this Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science), you will receive a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: 40010478). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

 

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in Maths and English (new GCSE Grade 4-9) or an equivalent such as Functional Skills Level 2. They must also have the desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications, then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.
 
Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:
  • Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level
  • Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the university
  • Passing a university’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments
  • Completion of specified work placements or work experience
  • GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills)
Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.
 
*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.
*You will have access to the course for 12 months only. You can purchase course extensions.
Unit 1: Preparing to Study
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback
Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment
Unit 4: Cell Biology 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells 
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide
Unit 5: Sport and Exercise Physiology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the effects of personality and personal motivation on physical activity and organised sporting activity
  • Understand the impact of arousal, stress and anxiety on sports performance 
  • Understand the psychology of group dynamics in sports environments
  • Identify psychological factors that affect people in exercise environments
Unit 6: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion
Unit 7: Sports Fitness – Strength and Conditioning
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by fitness
  • Understand the principles of training
  • Understand the use of equipment and exercises which can be used to meet fitness goals
  • Understand health and safety considerations which undertaking exercise
Unit 8: Sports Nutrition
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure and function of the digestive system
  • Understand the impact of nutrition on sporting performance
  • Understand the relationship between hydration and sports performance
  • Understand energy intake and expenditure in sports performance
  • Be able to create a nutritional plan for a sporting activity
Unit 9: Research Topic
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your course
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills
Unit 10: Ethics and Values in Sport
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the principles and application of ethics and values in sports and sports coaching
  • Understand issues in relation to performance enhancement 
Unit 11: The Brain and Nervous System
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the major subdivisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons
Unit 12: The Human Endocrine and Nervous System
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions
  • Understand the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis
Unit 13: Current Issues in Sport
Upon completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how professional sport has developed in the UK
  • Understand how media and technology influence modern sport
  • Understand how contemporary issues affect sport
  • Understand the cultural influences and barriers that affect participation in sports activities
Unit 14: Human Disease and Prevention
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the categories and causes of disease including infectious disease 
  • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • 5Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. 

This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

 

OUR PASS RATE
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
83%
(National Average 77.1%)
Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science)

This Course at a Glance

  • Turn your passion for sport into a career
  • Explore topics like biomechanics, sports psychology, and nutrition
  • Study a sports-related degree without A Levels
  • Completion possible within 1 year
  • Assignment based – no exams
  • Online study

About your Diploma

Sport can be incredibly exciting, full of energy and can ignite immense tension within fans, team members and sportspeople alike as they watch and witness how events unfold before them. For any sports enthusiast, this can be exhilarating, which is why so many people are captivated by, and actively follow sports of all kinds around the world. 
 
If you’re into sport, exercise, or nutrition, you can advance your knowledge and turn your passion into a career by studying a course in sports science that leads to a degree. This online Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science) is ideal as it is the equivalent to 3 A Levels and meets the entry requirements for sports-related degrees at most universities. 
 
During the course, you will explore a range of modules that delve into how the body responds to movement, body-related elements that hinder performance and how to unlock the bodies full potential. You will learn everything from the way nutrition and digestion impact physical and sporting activity to the effects of stress and anxiety and how the endocrine system coordinates body functions.
 
With this knowledge, you will be prepared to tackle advanced sports and exercise-related topics at degree level and be on the path to a number of dynamic and fascinating careers in the field. 
 

Getting Started

Stonebridge Associated Colleges is a leading UK distance learning provider, delivering a host of online learning courses that help learners achieve their academic and career goals. This Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science) is a nationally recognised qualification set at Level 3, that is also regulated by the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA).
 
Once enrolled, you will have one year to complete the course, however, the flexibility of online study means it is possible to complete it much sooner. For this reason, most of our learners achieve their Access to Higher Education Diploma within 9-12 months, which allows them to progress to university within a year.
 
To help you stay on track, you will receive an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) outlining the submission deadlines for your assignments. 
 
*Please note, entry requirements differ between universities as each institution sets its own. It is your responsibility to check with your chosen institution that this qualification will be accepted before enrolling on the course. 
Access to Higher Education Diplomas
OUR PASS RATE
(National Average 77.1%)
83%

Qualification: Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science)

On successful completion of this Open College Network West Midlands Access to Higher Education Diploma (Sports Science), you will receive a QAA-recognised Access to HE Diploma at Level 3 (QAA ref: 40010478). This course has been assigned 60 credits.

*Please note, this course is eligible for UK residents only.

 

Requirements for Entry

Anyone wishing to continue their education with an Access to Higher Education Diploma, it is necessary they have a GCSE Grade A-C in maths and English (or Functional Skills Level 2 or new GCSE Grade 4-9) with a desire to continue a related degree at university. If you do not hold these qualifications then you must be working towards them whilst completing your Access to HE Diploma.

Our Access to Higher Education Diplomas fulfil entry criteria for a broad range of university degrees and can be used in conjunction with the standard UCAS application process. In short, Access to HE Diplomas have a track record of helping learners get to the university and degree of their choice. Learners must bear in mind each university has its own set of admission criteria and places are subject to demand. Varying admission criteria can include but are not limited to the following:

  1. Number of credits to be attained at merit or distinction level.
  2. Successfully passing a face-to-face interview at the University.
  3. Passing a University’s proprietary literacy and numeracy assessments.
  4. Completion of specified work placements or work experience.
  5. GCSE Grade A-C (new system 4-9) in maths and English (or equivalent Level 2 such as Functional Skills).

Learners must undertake their own research to ensure their Diploma gives them the best possible chance of gaining entry to their university of choice. It is not possible for Stonebridge Associated Colleges to accept any liability if any Access to Higher Education Diploma student fails to secure an offer from a higher education institution.

Open College Network West Midlands are a national Awarding Organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and Qualifications Wales, to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications.

 

Open College Network West Midlands work in partnership with employers, training providers, colleges, universities, schools and voluntary and community organisations to offer vocational credit-based qualifications, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and quality assured Customised Accreditation that enables learners gain employment or to progress into further learning and Higher Education. They also Quality Endorse organisations internal training and skills delivery.

 

Unit 1: Preparing to Study
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how study is organised and planned
  • Understand how to apply theories of learning in relation to personal approaches to learning
  • Understand a range of constraints upon study
  • Understand the importance of assessment feedback
Unit 2: Academic Writing Skills
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to write with relevance in responding to an academic task
  • Know how to interpret and discuss ideas and issues in responding to a set, academic writing task 
  • Be able to summarise for academic purposes, selecting key points, information or central ideas
Unit 3: Preparing a Written Assignment
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how to use key information sources
  • Understand why sources are acknowledged and referenced
  • Understand a range of reading strategies
  • Understand note-making methods
  • Understand how to plan, draft and produce a written assignment
Unit 4: Cell Biology 
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure and organisation of cells, including stem cells 
  • Understand cellular metabolism
  • Understand how cells grow and divide
Unit 5: Sport and Exercise Physiology
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the effects of personality and personal motivation on physical activity and organised sporting activity
  • Understand the impact of arousal, stress and anxiety on sports performance 
  • Understand the psychology of group dynamics in sports environments
  • Identify psychological factors that affect people in exercise environments
Unit 6: The Human Muscular and Skeletal System
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the muscular system
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the skeletal system
  • Understand how the muscular system and skeletal system interact in locomotion
Unit 7: Sports Fitness – Strength and Conditioning
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand what is meant by fitness
  • Understand the principles of training
  • Understand the use of equipment and exercises which can be used to meet fitness goals
  • Understand health and safety considerations which undertaking exercise
Unit 8: Sports Nutrition
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the structure and function of the digestive system
  • Understand the impact of nutrition on sporting performance
  • Understand the relationship between hydration and sports performance
  • Understand energy intake and expenditure in sports performance
  • Be able to create a nutritional plan for a sporting activity
Unit 9: Research Topic
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Be able to plan and carry out a primary research project on a topic relevant to your course
  • Be able to plan and write a research topic report
  • Understand, develop and apply basic research skills
Unit 10: Ethics and Values in Sport
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the principles and application of ethics and values in sports and sports coaching
  • Understand issues in relation to performance enhancement 
Unit 11: The Brain and Nervous System
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the major subdivisions of the nervous system
  • Understand the structure and function of glial cells and neurons
Unit 12: The Human Endocrine and Nervous System
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the anatomy, organisation and function of the nervous system
  • Understand how the endocrine system co-ordinates body functions
  • Understand the role of the nervous and endocrine systems homeostasis
Unit 13: Current Issues in Sport
Upon completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand how professional sport has developed in the UK
  • Understand how media and technology influence modern sport
  • Understand how contemporary issues affect sport
  • Understand the cultural influences and barriers that affect participation in sports activities
Unit 14: Human Disease and Prevention
On completion of this unit you will:
  • Understand the categories and causes of disease including infectious disease 
  • Understand the epidemiology of commonly occurring diseases/conditions
  • 5Understand preventative measures for a chosen disease or condition

Your work will be assessed through your end of unit assignments. These will provide you with the opportunity to check up on your knowledge and advance. After each assignment, your tutor will offer feedback to help you not only progress further but also improve your skills. 

This Access to HE Diploma is a Level 3 Quality Assurance Agency (QAA) regulated qualification. To successfully achieve your qualification, you will need a total of 60 credits. Of these, 45 will come from graded units of academic content, while the following 15 will be drawn from ungraded units concerning study skills.

 

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