AASE Programme

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DiSE Expression of interest Form 2018-2020 (pdf)

DiSE Expression of Interest Form 2018-2020 (word document) 

Diploma in Sporting Excellence (was AASE) programme 2018-20


British Fencing is committed to providing fencers with opportunities to improve performance and develop as individuals in a cost effective way. In 2018 the British Fencing AASE programme will become the Diploma in Sporting Excellence due to the changing nature of government Apprenticeship standards and funding. We have worked with South Gloucestershire and Stroud College (SGS) to offer you the chance of being part of this programme.

All 16-18 year olds who have completed their GCSE year and are ranked in the top 40 (for their age on any national ranking list) are eligible to apply for this British Fencing programme.

What is the Diploma in Sporting Excellence?

It is a Level 3 qualification designed for fencers who have the realistic potential to achieve excellence and are seeking to perform at the highest level. The programme will cover all areas of your training, will help you to develop as an athlete and fencer, and gain a UCAS-recognised qualification on completion.

The award is notionally a 2-year programme for fencers aged16-18 on the 1st September 2018. They can be studying other academic qualifications at a school or college of further education. Fencers must have completed their GSCE level qualifications and cannot combine this with University education or other Level 4 qualification. So normally fencers will start at the beginning of year 12.

Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) Tariff 2017 onwards

These qualifications are on the UCAS Tariff. Fencers who successfully complete the Diploma in Sporting Excellence will get the following qualifications (these may be with different awarding bodies or some of the details may still change but the qualification will still be on the UCAS tariff):-

Pearson BTEC Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance

Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance 

On the UCAS tariff calculator at https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/calculator these certificates are worth 32 points towards University application. [Please note that the awarding body and UCAS arrangements are still to be confirmed at this stage].

Programme Information 

The DiSE programme reflects the broad range of skills, knowledge and performance required by elite level sports people. It is designed to measure the athlete’s ability to plan, apply and evaluate their development in the technical, tactical, physical and psychological aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as lifestyle, career development, communication, and health and safety.

The DiSE programme currently runs in the following sports: Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Equestrian, Fencing, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Motor Sports, Netball, Rowing, Tennis, Volleyball Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball. There are 1500 places available on the programme in these sports.

DiSE is designed to directly measure the athlete’s ability to apply themselves to “professional” development in their sports, covering:


  • Technical Skills
  • Tactical Awareness
  • Physical Capabilities
  • Mental Skills



Importantly it also directly addresses wider issues, such as:


  • Lifestyle Organisation
  • Career Planning
  • Communication and Working With Others,
  • Health & Safety
  • Nutrition


These nine areas of focus directly contribute towards achievement of the certificates in the DiSE Framework.


British Fencing Programme

The programme offers fencers the ability to stay at their current school or college. The majority of the programme will be delivered through 20-25 contact days at weekends or in school holidays.

The programme will begin in October 2018 and run as an 18-month programme, finishing in February 2020.

  • Available to fencers resident in England only, we cannot accept applicants who do not have an address in England
  • Fencers must be aged 16, 17, or 18 on the 1st September in the academic year (for September 2017 intake born between 2/9/1999 & 1/9/2002)
  • Fencers should have completed their GCSE year before starting
  • Applicants must be in the top 40 in Britain at their age group
  • Fencers will need to commit to attending training days (approx. 20-25 days a year), to maintaining a portfolio of their learning and training activity, and to completing the course.


What do I need to do to register my interest?

If you wish to be involved with this innovative and exciting programme please complete the expression of interest form below and return it to Neil Brown,neil.brown@britishfencing.com or post it to the British Fencing office

Please do this as soon as possible but at least by 20th July 2018.  We will provide you with further information once you have registered your interest. Completing the form does not commit you to start the programme at this stage.

If you feel that this programme is something you may be interested in do not hesitate to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you.


See what the fencers think of the programme here 

See what the fencers did on their 2 weeks in Tenerife with the AASE programme in 2014 here, and 2015 (to follow)


Congratulations to the following group of fencers who completed their AASE qualification in 2017, another 38 fencers will complete in 2018.

EAST William
MORRIS  George
PATEL Serena
SHAW Rachel
WHITING Gabriel