A new opportunity for sports enthusiasts

Local sports enthusiasts are being given the opportunity to turn their passion for sport into a graduate career thanks to a new adult education course that has come to Cornwall.

With the ever growing awareness of the role that health and fitness plays, the Access to Higher Education: Sports Science Diploma has been designed to provide students with a strong knowledge of sport and health, preparing them for entry onto a wide range of degree level courses upon completion.

The course, being taught at the TEF Gold-rated Truro and Penwith College, will be available to those aged 18 and over and will run three days a week, allowing students to fit work and family commitments comfortably around their study.

Tim Evans, Programme Leader, described what students will expect on the course: “The course encompasses an assortment of sports related units, from anatomy, physiology, sports rehabilitation and coaching, to prepare students with the knowledge and skills needed to advance onto the degree level course of their choice. With access to an exercise physiology laboratory, comprising analysing equipment and sports testing resources, and an integrated work placement unit, students will have the chance to gain hands-on experience in the field of work they hope to one day pursue, helping them to make informed decisions about university level study.”

Accepted by higher education providers nationwide, the course will give students the opportunity to apply for a degree level course of their choice upon completion.

With several progression routes available within the college, those who hope to stay and study in Cornwall will be able to apply the knowledge gained from the Sports Science Diploma to the many foundation degrees that the College provides. Units included in the course also lead directly onto the courses in Sports Coaching, Sports Rehabilitation, and Exercise, Health and Fitness, which can be topped up to a bachelor’s degree in the third year.

Current FdSc Sports Rehabilitation student Jade Farrell progressed onto her degree course from an Access course in Health and Social Care. Believing that the new Access to Higher Education: Sports Science course will be a popular choice among those who want to work in the sport and health industry she said, “It would have been perfect to have studied an Access course that was tailored to my degree. The unit in exercise physiology, in particular, would have been really useful during my first year of study. The Business module will also be really useful for people who, like me, hope to run their own clinic upon graduation.”

Opening doors to a multitude of career possibilities, the Access to Higher Education: Sports Science course provides a platform for those eager to work towards careers in health promotion, sports coaching, sports development, teaching and management to name a few.   

If you’re interested in studying the Access to HE: Sport Science, contact the course leader Tim Evans to discuss your options: timevans@truro-penwith.ac.uk