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York College

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at grade C or above including English Language and Maths (grade 4) or any Level 2 Diploma in a relevant subject at Merit grade and English and Maths GCSE at grade C (grade 4). If you do not have English or Maths GCSE at grade C (grade 4) or above you will be expected to complete these qualifications alongside your Sport programme.


Two year course

What will I study?

The Level 3 National Diploma is made up of 13 compulsory units which include: 

Sport and Exercise Physiology
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology 
Functional Anatomy
Field and Laboratory based Fitness Testing

What could it lead to?

The majority of students progress on to higher education courses relating to sport and exercise sciences, sports therapy and teaching; although there have also been examples of students progressing on to non-traditional options including law. Employment progression has included fitness instructing, personal training and retail.

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Lauren Winfield (formerly of Archbishop Holgate’s School) studied the National Diploma in Sport Science between 2006 and 2008. She loved the balance between studying and getting a real taste of a sporting environment through her practical work. She appreciated the expertise of her tutors’, coming from strong sporting backgrounds themselves.

On leaving York College, Lauren received a scholarship to study sport science at Loughborough University. In her final year, she was thrilled to get into the England Cricket Academy, with the University allowing her to change to a part-time route of study to allow for her cricketing commitments.

Upon graduating university, Lauren was chosen for the England Women’s cricket squad, and has since travelled to Sri Lanka, Australia, the Caribbean, New Zealand and Dubai, as well as representing her country in the England Ashes.

Lauren said: “When I left school I was only really interested in sports, so the vocational course at York College really appealed to me; it was the perfect stepping stone for me to pursue my key interests. My time at College played a big role in my sporting career; it enabled me to get a taste of training in an elite environment three to five days a week.”

Lauren’s ex-tutor, Gordon Staniforth, said: “We’re delighted to see Lauren in the England Squad and we’re following her progress on Twitter. There are more opportunities than ever for female cricketers now, and Lauren took them!”

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