Certificate of Higher Education (Cycling Studies)

Young athletes are under pressure to forge ahead with their sports careers to obtain good results that may win them a place on a World Class Performance Plan, national selection, or a professional contract, however, very few individuals make it to professional standard and so it is important for them to continue with their education in the event that their cycle racing career does not take off. Cyclists, like other athletes, struggle to manage study and competition so this course offers a programme that could be studied around a summer cycling season.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Cycling Studies has been designed to act as a foundation for potential careers pursued by both young aspiring athletes and individuals with a passion for cycling who may already be working within the industry or are seeking to make a career change from an unrelated occupation who wish to develop greater knowledge of the science behind cycling and coaching.

Our Cycling Studies students will gain access to a range of world class cycling facilities including Lee Valley Velo Park which includes the Olympic Velodrome, Redbridge Cycling Centre, Hadleigh Park (Olympic) MTB track. Alongside access to these world class facilities, WUC has partnerships with the On Form Cycling Team and Oakland Wolves Cycling Academy. These facilities and partnerships help enrich student learning and facilitate the process of putting theory taught in the classroom into real-world applied practice.

Another distinctive feature of the Cycling Studies course is the access students have to professionals working within the cycling industry including professional and elite riders, sports development officers, cycling facilities managers, coaches, physiotherapists, aerodynamicists, marketing professionals, retailers and sponsors.

The timetable below has been carefully structured to provide all the face-to-face tutor-led delivery in Semester 1 with Semester 2 dedicated to work-based learning and distance learning. This affords students the flexibility to race or work with cycling teams during the competitive road, BMX and mountain bike season.

Information about each module can be viewed by clicking on the module title within the table below.


The following information provides the entry requirements for this particular course.

UCAS Tariff Points
GCE A Levels
48 UCAS tariff points, to include at least one GCE A level grade C or above
Irish Certificate
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 3 x ILC higher at B3 or H3
Scottish Highers
48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma
Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma
PPP (48)
BTEC Level 3 Diploma

Please note:

An equivalent or higher combination of grades to that indicated above will also be accepted.


All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Access course

Writtle University College welcomes applicants studying Access to HE Diploma courses. For more information please contact Admissions.

Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL)

Information about our Accreditation of Prior Learning (APL/APEL) policy can be found on our Higher Education Regulations and Policies page.

Cert HE in Cycling Studies is ideal for both aspiring competitive cyclists who wish to pursue a cycling career at the same time as continuing with their education, as well as individuals of any age or background who want to develop career in support of cyclists or seek employment within the wider cycling industry .

We seek to take on students who, first and foremost, are passionate about cycling and developing a career in cycling. Cycling ability is no barrier to participation in this course, but we do expect applicants to be active in cycling (not necessarily competitive cyclists) and can demonstrate a genuine involvement in the cycling community in one capacity or another.

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Coursework

This course contains a variety of assessment methods to ensure practical and academic competence. The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

  • Practical portfolios
  • Mini-projects
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Presentations
  • Critiques of literature
  • Composition of coaching and training plans
  • Peer and tutor observations
  • Reports
  • Case studies
  • Examinations

Students are encouraged to consider various career pathways through work based learning (WBL) and personal development planning (PDP).

Some may choose to train and race as part of their WBL whilst others may elect to explore roles within the wider cycling industry. Many relevant opportunities exist outside of competitive cycling and students are introduced to the possibility of pursuing a career in exercise and health, teaching or in sports (cycling) development.

Students can be expected to pursue careers in the following fields, although some will require further study or experience:

  • Competitive cyclist
  • Coach
  • Cycling development officer
  • Soigneur
  • Directeur sportif
  • Cycling facility manager
  • Team principal
  • Exercise prescription professional
  • Teacher
  • Sports therapist
  • Charity worker
Students undertaking this course are offered opportunities to undertake various national governing body qualifications in sports coaching .

A Level 1 British Cycling coaching course is run on site and all students who do not already have cycling coaching qualification are strongly encouraged to enrol on this course. A wide range of coaching courses are offered to all HE level sports students and many of the Cycling pathway students choose to undertake these courses. We also offer a short-course in emergency first aid. Students are expected to make a financial contribution to courses which are extracurricular, although we seek to find additional grant funding from bodies such as Active Essex. In some instances, courses are offered free of charge.