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Sporting Excellence (AASE) Apprenticeship Level 3 at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

Course description

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. 

Course content

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.

Entry requirements

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.


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.

Future opportunities

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

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!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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    • SGS WISE (the West of England Institute of Specialist Education) was opened in 2005 as a brand new state-of-the-art vocational centre for sport and the arts. The campus is home to the Bristol Academy of Sport, the South West Academy of Dramatic Arts, and the Bristol School of Art.