Certificate of Higher Education in Sport and Exercise Studies

Writtle University College
Course summary
1 year
Full time
Next available date: Enquire for more information - Chelmsford
Postgraduate Education

Course description

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.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 48
  • GCE A Levels: 848 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
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: MP
  • GCSEs: All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Who is the Course for?

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.

Training Course Content

Stage One

Semester 1

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Skills for the Sport Industry
  • Coaching in Practice
  • Introduction to Psychology

Semester 2

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Analysis of Human Movement and Performance
  • Introduction to Performance Analysis for Team Sports
  • Contemporary Issues in Sport

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

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

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in England for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2020 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £9,250


  • £1,156 per 15 credit module
  • £2,312 per 30 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £12,450

Continuing Studies

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.

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain...

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CM1 3RR Chelmsford Essex

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