Course type:
Access to Higher Education

Sports Studies

Open doors with a Hartpury diploma

Our Sports Studies Access Diploma is the perfect entry point to start your journey towards a career in the global sports industry. You’ll complete academic and practical sessions to develop the skills and knowledge of sport. Learn from people who understand the science and support networks behind professional athletes. With access to state-of-the-art sports facilities, rehabilitation labs, gyms and pitches, you’ll be well-prepared for your university course. Your modules could include Human Physiology, Coaching, Sports Science and Injury Management.

Open days

Our events are design to inform and inspire, helping you to make the right decision about your future. You’ll find out about Hartpury student life and how we’ll support your to develop the skills and experience you need. You’ll meet course managers, support teams, current students and more.

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Designed to work for you

Qualifications are offered flexibly to suit your existing commitments and, depending on your situation, you could get your tuition fees paid in full. You could get your tuition fees paid if you’re aged 19-23 and haven’t already studied A-level, diploma or equivalent qualifications. If you’re over 19 and you've already studied a college course you may be eligible to take out an Advanced Learner Loan. These loans may not require repayment if you then continue onto, and complete, a degree.

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Your progression opportunities

Your progression opportunities

Our students have gone on to study degrees in sports business, coaching, conditioning, management, performance and therapy at Hartpury University and other institutions. This could lead to a career as:

  • Sports Therapist
  • Fitness Instructor
  • PE Teacher
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Coach


The course runs from September to June each year. You’ll need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time over a full academic year and invest a similar number of hours for your personal study.

Teaching takes place on three days per week (currently Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays), with the teaching day usually starting at 10.30am and finishing usually at 4.30pm. Wednesdays are usually kept free to enable participation in competitive and recreational sports. Many of our students are involved with elite sports and equestrian programmes.

Learning and assessment

The programme is made up of individual units which will build your knowledge of coaching, human and sports science, the wider sports industry and study skills that will help you be successful in your degree studies. 

Ready to apply?

Places to study at our Ofsted Outstanding college are competitive, so we recommend submitting your application early before courses fill up.

To apply for a diploma course at Hartpury College please complete an online application. Once submitted, we’ll be in touch to progress next steps.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

1 Year
1 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

No formal entry requirements

How to apply

Apply online

To apply for a course please complete an online application

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus.


If you are unable to complete an online application please contact