Sports Science CAVA Access to Higher Education Diploma

Duchy College Stoke Climsland LEVEL: 3 Sports & Fitness

This is an exciting new diploma that is currently only being offered at two colleges in England (including Duchy College, Stoke Climsland). It offers a range of subject areas including Physiology, Psychology, Bio-mechanics, Exercise and Performance etc. This course has been developed with the assistance of Sussex University and The University of  St. Mark and St. John (Marjon) and offers a wide range of opportunities for people wanting to progress on to university degrees in Sports, Psychology, Coaching, Fitness etc.

This is an academic diploma so most of the study will be classroom based however opportunities will be made available to get involved in practical work using our extensive facilities and those at our partner university.

Access courses are designed as a stepping stone to enable motivated, enthusiastic people to progress on to Higher Education.

There is a very high level of academic and personal support throughout the course, which can help if you need to combine study with part-time employment and family commitments.

For more information on the awarding body (CAVA) click here.

Please Note:  This course is only available to applicants who are 19+

This course would suit people needing to progress on to higher educations in the following areas; Sports Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sports Physiotherapy, Sports Science, Sport Performance, Physiology, etc.

Some study to take place with our Higher Education partners.

Most people would need to study at least 20 hours per week on top of the contact time.


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Ideal if:

You want to re-train or re-direct your life into a sports related career.

You’ll need:

There are no specific entry requirements for Access to Sports Science, you will be invited to an interview to assess whether this course is the right one for you e.g will it enable you to achieve your career and progression goals and are you committed enough to see the course through to completion.

You’ll learn:

A range of units including -

  • Practical Coaching
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Human Anatomy
  • Coaching Principles
  • Fitness and Training
  • Sports Development
  • Placement
  • Heat, Circulation and Gas Exchange
  • Human Movement
  • Human Nutrition and Digestion
  • Applied Business Marketing
  • Business Start Up and Growth
  • Events Management
  • Developing your Research Skills
  • Exam Techniques and Practice
  • ICT
  • Researching and Understanding Opportunities for HE

You'll also learn how to structure essays, prepare for exams and overcome presentation nerves.


This course runs for 3 days a week during the course of the academic year.

Please note if you do not already have GCSE A-C in Maths and English you will need to retake these, as this is a key entry requirement for Universities.

We are currently timetabling an additional day for anyone retaking GCSE's.

Assessment will take the form of coursework, presentations or in class assessments depending on the unit you are studying. This is to ensure you learn how to perform well in each of these assessment methods ahead of progressing to university.


You’ll love:

The support available to you from highly experienced teaching staff, to our excellent facilities.

You’ll go on to:

Various sports related degrees. You can continue with your studies at Cornwall College as we offer a FdSc Sports Development & Coaching degree or FdSc Sport, Health and Fitness.

We always advise potential students to contact universities they have in mind to discuss their individual entry requirements.


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Sports Science Access to HE Diploma

Start Date

September 2020


Stoke Climsland


1 Year


Ben Spaul Sports Coaching & Development

I spent four amazing years at St Austell which allowed me to make some best friends, good relationships, a lot of laughter and memories which I will never forget. The sports department in particular were brilliant, they are some of the best people and teachers I have ever met and helped me massively get to where I’m now. The correct information was passed onto me when in specific lectures, which is important as I am now passing that information onto the students that I teach every day.

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*Courses listed on this website are indicative of the subject, nature and level of study. The college reserves the right to alter specific qualifications titles, awarding bodies and levels of qualification, which can change in year. Any cost may also vary, based on personal funding eligibility. The Cornwall College Group reserves the right to withdraw any course listed at any time.