Sport & Health

Certificate of Higher Education in Sport and Exercise Studies

Sport plays a major role in society - from elite athlete all the way through to the amateur. The sports industry continues to expand with ever-increasing local and national government support either through direct intervention or local partnerships. New employment markets in health rehabilitation, personal training and coaching have meant that Sports and Exercise degrees at Writtle University College remain contemporary and valued within the modern workplace.

Sports and Exercise Performance is concerned with the understanding of human performance. Its aim is to assist the coach/athlete to achieve as high a standard of theory as possible using technology and research as assistance and guidance. The fundamentals of human anatomy and physiology are core throughout this one-year Certificate of Higher Education in Sports and Exercise Studies. However, the principals of psychology and related interventions such as biomechanics also play a major role.

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 one GCE A level grade C or above

Irish Certificate

48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher

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.

Many of our students are based locally and arrive straight from college .

There is a growing trend, however, towards the mature student audience, especially females who are returning to work after families or for those who are contemplating changes to their career. This is partly due to the certificate timetable which is naturally compacted so that the student is only in for two days a week. The majority of our students are also attracted by the smaller-sized, less formal classes offered, which naturally provide greater student support.

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

Throughout the course students are assessed using a variety of strategies that have been developed in order to challenge the modern-day student in other ways than just examinations. The following list shows the variety of assessment methods experienced on this course.

  • Practical portfolios
  • Mini-projects
  • Reflective logbooks
  • Presentations
  • Debates
  • Individualised coaching plans
  • Peer and tutor observations
  • Laboratory reports
  • Case studies
  • Examinations

The small and friendly staff team are practitioners in their field so bring a highly valued, industry-linked, practically-skilled achiever mentality to the course, providing clear links to potential employers and fields. The opportunities for those graduating with a Certificate in Sport Studies are many. Some students enter the workplace after graduating in various sporting roles including personal training, coaching and retail, however, the majority of students go on to continue their studies at Writtle, topping up their Certificate in Sport Studies to a Diploma or the full degree.

Students are offered a variety of subsidised level 1 coaching qualifications through our partnership with Active Essex and are encouraged to upskill through the Active Essex coaching bursary scheme .

Work Experience
The optional work experience module in Semester 2 allows the student to gain a little experience in his/her preferred environment. In some instances this has led to more permanent positions, especially during the long holidays.