Access to Higher Education: Sport Level 3 Full-time

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This course will start again in September 2020. You will study on Wednesday and Thursday, however the days can be flexible. The course will run for 36 weeks.

Entry requirements

  • A keen  interest and willingness to be involved in the sports industry
  • GCSE English and maths at grade 4/C or above. Equivalent qualifications will be accepted
  • You will be required to undertake a Disclosure and Barring Services check

You will achieve

  • CAVA Access to Higher Education Sport Level 3
  • Recognised Governing Body Coaching Awards

Course overview

The Access to Higher Education (HE) Diploma is a qualification which prepares students for study at degree level. If you would like to go to university and don’t have the necessary qualifications, then an Access to HE course could be for you. This course is for those interested in a career in the sports industry or areas such as teaching, sport science, therapy, coaching and development.

Course content

Detailed course description:

  • Human anatomy
  • Business in sport
  • Sport psychology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Sports coaching principles
  • Sports development
  • Fitness testing and training
  • Sport injuries and rehabilitation
  • Sports science research project
  • HE study skills
  • Sports coaching practical skills
  • Placement practice

Assessment will occur continually throughout the programme. You will have unit assignments to complete and will be assessed on your practical ability. You will also have time-constrained assignments, as well as oral presentations. Each individual unit and the full award are graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

During practical sessions, kit will consist of a Sports t-shirt*, dark shorts and sports trainers. Non-regulation clothing/footwear is not permitted. Students will also require ring-binders, writing materials, paper/stationery and core textbooks.

*Barnsley Sports Academy clothing can be purchased from the Sports Centre Reception.

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

On completion of this programme, you could apply for training in a career such as BA/BSc (Hons) or foundation degree within the sport and leisure industry. Students wishing to apply to university are advised to contact the relevant admissions tutor to access help for their application. Likewise students should check that the course is acceptable as an entry qualification for the degree programme they wish to enter.

How much does the course cost?

Course fees: £3,400.

Extra information

This course may be eligible for an Advanced Learner Loan. Contact our friendly Information Team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email about eligibility and how to apply. You can also visit the Advanced Learner Loan page.



If you’re undertaking an Access to Higher Education (HE) course and then go on to complete an HE qualification, the outstanding balance of your Advanced Learner Loan will be written off, once you have fully completed both courses, without taking any gap years.

Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Our Additional Learning Support team can provide you with the support you need. Please contact them on +44 (0)1226 216 769.

Please note we reserve the right to change details without notice. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.

Access to Higher Education: Sport Level 3 Full-time

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