Course type:
Access to Higher Education

Access to Higher Education Diploma - Sports Studies

Get yourself ready for university level study

If you’re looking to come to university but don’t quite have the right qualifications to study at degree level, our Access to Higher Education Diploma in Sports Science could be the perfect step to get you where you need to be.

  • You could get your tuition fees completely paid if you’re aged 19-23 and haven’t already studied a level 3 (for example, A-levels or diploma) qualification
  • You can study flexibly alongside your other commitments
  • On completion, you’ll be ready to succeed at your chosen sports degree

As one of the UK’s most successful educational institutions for sport, you’ll be learning from people who know exactly what it takes to manage the complex sporting infrastructure that operates behind the scenes to support elite athletes.

At Hartpury, our Access to Higher Education Diplomas give you the opportunity to learn the necessary skills to go on and study a degree in your chosen field. Our unique environment gives you access to our wide variety of facilities including performance and science laboratories, gyms, rehabilitation suites and sports pitches. You will also have full access to our 24-hour University Learning Centre.

This diploma 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.

The course runs from September to June. You will need to commit to 15 hours a week of contact time over a full academic year. In addition, you will need to invest a similar number of hours for your personal study. Teaching will take 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.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees apply for Access to Higher Education Diplomas with advanced learner loans available to support fees (depending on criteria). Any questions about tuition fees and loans can be discussed at interview.

For any further queries please do contact our Student Finance team here.

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