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Start date: 01/09/2017 - SGS WISE
End date: 31/07/2019

Day(s): Various
Course length: 2 years
Qualifications: Apprenticeship Advanced Level 3
Code: SPL302Y2
Cost: N/A


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Sporting Excellence (AASE) Apprenticeship - Advanced



From our most recent Ofsted inspection in 2014 we have been rated 'Outstanding' in this area. View our latest Ofsted report here

Course summary

This course has been designed to meet the needs of young people (aged 16-18) who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking to perform at the highest level as their main career goal. The AASE scheme provides a structured training and development route for talented young athletes, many of whom may go on to represent their country on the Olympic stage or gain professional contracts. The course is run in conjunction with national governing bodies of sport. The current range of sports available can be found on the College website or email

What will I study?

The AASE scheme fully reflects the range of skills, knowledge and performance criteria required in elite level sport. It is not a qualification for simply 'playing the game'. It is designed to directly measure the student-athlete's ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the appropriate technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. Importantly it also directly addresses wider issues, such as nutrition, lifestyle organisation, career management, communication and health and safety.

What do I need to join?

Grade C or above in GCSE Maths and English Language. Applicants also need to be undertaking an additional academic or vocational course at the college.

Different sports have different entry criteria...

  • Amateur Boxing requires athletes to be carded with experience of 10+ bouts.
  • Basketball requires players to be identified by the regional Area Performance Centres.

You will need to be nominated by your sports' national governing body as a potential elite athelete.

How long is the course?

2 Years.

How will I learn?

The AASE scheme will deliver a minimum of 10 hours of sport-specific coaching time to student-athletes each week. This time is scheduled to meet the specific requirements of each sport. Coaching is provided by a number of high quality coaches, qualified at Level 3 and above. Additional staff that work on the scheme include experienced strength and conditioning staff and chartered physiotherapists.

AASE learners attending at SGS College have access to facilities that enhance their chances of maximising their sporting, personal, academic and career experiences.

How will I know how I am doing?

There will be regular assessments with both verbal and written feedback to ensure all students achieve their maximum potential.

Are there any extra costs?

This varies according to the sport played. For more details email

What can I do next?

Full-time training as an elite athlete, University or Higher Education.

What are my career opportunities?

The outcomes of the AASE scheme so far have been numerous; professional contracts within Football, Rugby, Cricket and Golf, plus Olympic and Paralympic medals – Rebecca Adlington and Tom Daley are AASE graduates!

Dates & Costs

Sporting Excellence (AASE) Apprenticeship - Advanced

Start date: 01/09/2017
End date: 31/07/2019
Course length: 2 years
Qualifications: Apprenticeship Advanced Level 3
Code: SPL302Y2
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Start End Time Campus
01/09/2017 31/07/2019 SGS WISE