Access to HE (Level 3)

Access to Higher Education (Sport Science) Level 3 Diploma

Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations
1 YEAR ADULT FULL TIME £3300 * Southend Campus
Duration Age Group Study Cost Available Locations
1 YEAR ADULT FULL TIME £3300 * Southend Campus


This course is for people that would like to study on a Higher Education programme in Sport i.e. the Sport Studies BA (Hons), but need to gain the required entry qualifications and skills.

Access programmes entail 13 hours of direct contact time in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study

Entry Requirements

You must be aged 19 or above by the 31st of August 2020.

You must have at least one GCSE C/4 or above in either English Language or Maths, or a Level 2 in Functional Skills (evidence of this will be required during the application cycle).

Ideally you will have both. However, if you only hold the one, you may work towards the one that you do not have whilst studying for your Access Diploma; this will be dependent on being accepted onto a Level 2 course, either GCSE or Functional Skills.

Many universities require GCSE Maths and English rather than an equivalent. It is your responsibility to begin checking which qualifications you require with the university or college you wish to progress to.

It is also important to note that for some degree programmes you will also need GCSE Science at grade C or above.

Course Structure

You will study a range of different units across the programme, some focusing on your academic skills and some more subject specific, such as:

  • Strength and conditioning
  • Careers within the sports industry
  • Assessment of fitness
  • Social aspects of sport
  • Participation and performance
  • The acquisition of sports skills
  • Psychology for sports performance
  • Sports performance coaching
  • Sport as a business

Assessment & Feedback

Your work will be assessed by a mixture of assessment methods which could include coursework, presentations and examinations.


Southend - 13 hours directed study per week in addition to a minimum of 13 hours independent study.

The course runs 3 days a week, on a Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 9am and 4pm.

Please note that course days are subject to change if required before the enrolment date.

Course Cost

Advanced learner loan may be available

Adult, full time: £3300

Course fee based on 2019-20 for UK/EU students. Please note the cost stated is for 2019/20 and may increase for 2020/2021.

What Next...

Following successful completion of this Diploma, students will be able to progress to University to a range of pathways including, sports science, sports studies, physiotherapy including our BSc (Hons) Sports and Exercise Performance programme at University Centre Southend.