Access to Higher Education – Sports Science
This course has expired but has been left here for reference purposes.
What is this course about?
The course is made up of a range of mandatory and optional units. The mandatory units include Anatomy and Physiology and example optional units include Physical Performance in Humans, Fitness Trainer, Teaching and Coaching, Sports Psychology.
The broad range of disciplines and subjects covered on the course will allow you to develop necessary skills relevant for progression in the sport and active leisure industry. It is intended that the majority of students, on successful completion of all units, will progress to higher education courses or employment.
This is an intensive one year programme and you will be expected to work hard on the course. Your life skills in time management, planning, prioritising and meeting deadlines will be key factors in ensuring success on the course.
How is it taught
The Access course is taught through a range of teaching methods including lectures, discussions, research, laboratory based testing, group discussions, practical sports/coaching sessions and workshops. In addition to taught sessions students will develop independent research and study skills through seminar based sessions.
Typically, you should expect to be in College for approximately fourteen hours per week, normally over three days. In addition, you will need to undertake approximately fifteen hours of independent study per week to include additional research and assessment work.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed through a varied range of assessment methods. These will include; written assignments, laboratory based experiments, open book tests, presentations, group activities and written reports. The assessments take place throughout the course so you will not have to face any final exams at the end to pass the course, and you can monitor your progress at any stage. To achieve the Access to HE qualification you will need to gain 60 credits in total, a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3 which will be graded and 15 credits which will be ungraded
What else do I need to know?
Stoke on Trent College has some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date facilities in the country. Learning takes place in a friendly and relaxed environment and your teaching team are here to help you get the most from your course. If you want to study on your own you can use one of the Learning Resource Centres. All our classrooms are large, spacious and well equipped, and our staff have an excellent knowledge of the industry gained through many years of experience.
What could I do next?
The course provides you with a qualification that will enable you to progress to university to study a range of vocational and academic sports related degree programmes, these may include some of the following areas: Physical Education, Sports Science, Sports Management, Nutrition, Sports Psychology, Physiotherapy and related degrees.