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Award in Sporting Excellence (formerly AASE) 2017-19

Award in Sporting Excellence (formerly AASE) 2017-19

In partnership with British Dressage and British Eventing, Hartpury College provides riders with opportunities to improve performance via a blended learning programme consisting of central ‘camps’ at Hartpury College and ‘home visits’ from the rider’s assigned mentor/assessor. The Equine AASE programme will become the Award in Sporting Excellence (ASE) in line with the changing nature of government apprenticeship standards and funding.

The Hartpury programme offers a high quality training environment, access to modern, well-equipped facilities and the benefits of conditioning experts, physiotherapists, nutritionists and mentors. Our talented coaches – who have a vast amount of competitive experience at the highest level – will encourage, nurture and support you through your elite development through the perfect scheme for aspiring riders.

“Hartpury provides the ideal training environment for people to start their career in the industry. I’m proud to be part of the College and working with the next generation of riders.” Carl Hester | Hartpury Elite Dressage Coach | Olympic Gold Medallist

What is the Award in Sporting Excellence?

A Level 3 qualification based around NVQs (National Vocational Qualification) in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance and Understanding Sports Performance. The qualification is designed for riders who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. It covers all aspects of training and sports performance support to enable riders to push themselves to the next level.

The award is notionally a 2-year programme for riders aged 16-18 on the 1st September 2017. They can, but do not have to, be studying other academic qualifications at a school or college. As a Level 3 qualification, the Award attracts 40 UCAS Tariff points upon successful completion, this the equivalent of a ‘B’ grade at A Level.

Award in Sporting Excellence Programme Information 

The programme reflects the broad range of skills, knowledge and performance required by elite level sports people. It measures the rider’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as nutrition, lifestyle, career development, communication, and health and safety.

Additionally, riders will consider four equine-specific units: horse training programmes, horse nutrition, horse health and wellbeing, and competition performance.

The programme consists of four central camps at Hartpury which must be attended:

October 2017 (23rd -25th)

February 2018 (12th & 13th)

April 2018 (4th & 5th)

October 2018 (25th & 26th)

How do I apply?

Please contact (AASE Manager at Hartpury College) to request an application form. The closing date for applications is September 15th.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

Riders must have 5 GCSE grades at C or above. This is a minimum requirement to be considered for selection. You must also be resident in England and meet the sporting requirements below:

• Riders should be competing consistently at Medium level and above and achieving 65% or more. 
• (Applicants should have a minimum of four results at the level required in the 12 months prior to application).
• Riders will also be considered on younger horses (up to 7 years of age) who demonstrate the potential to compete successfully at International level and are already competing consistently at Elementary or above and achieving 70% or more. 
• Please note freestyle scores do not count towards minimum criteria.

Para-Equestrian Dressage
• Riders must have a current classification and should be consistently and currently scoring 62% in their relevant grade at BD Para Dressage Competitions. 
• Please note freestyle scores cannot be counted.


  • Top 25% of starters in a CCI1* - from 1st July 2017 to close of application date 
    • Top 25% of starters in the 2017 National U18 Championships 
    • Long listed for the 2017/18 Junior European Team 
    • Long listed for the 2017/18 Pony European Team 
    • Top 25% of starters at the 2017 U18 Regional Team Championships 
    • Top 25% of starters in the 2017 Pony Club Open Championships

The qualifying (MER's) results are as follows:

FEI Qualification CCI1* 
75 or less in the dressage 
16 or less in the show jumping
clear in the cross country 
36 or less in the cross country time penalties
Pony Club Championships 
50 or less in the dressage
16 or less in the show jumping 
clear cross country with no more than the 36 in the time penalties 

Why study Equine at Hartpury College?

Hartpury’s world class equine facilities are used not only for formal learning but also for work experience, including at our own commercial Equine Therapy Centre and in our events department, supporting our international showpiece events and other high quality competitions, with the chance to work with some of the stars of the equine world. Many students also complete work placements out in industry, including at top yards and riding centres and in marketing and commercial roles.


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