AASE Programme

Expression of interest Form 2016-2018 pdf

Expression of Interest Form 2016-2018 word document 

AASE Flyer February 2016


NEW September 2015

AASE is now on the UCAS Tariff for 2017 University entry.

The UCAS 2017 Tariff search is at https://www.ucas.com/ucas/undergraduate/getting-started/entry-requirements/tariff/new-tariff and the AASE qualifications are as follows:-

Your UCAS Tariff points





Pearson BTEC Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance




Pearson Edexcel Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance




Indicative Total Tariff points




Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

Fencers who are now interested in being part of this initiative are now asked to complete an expression of interest form.

AASE Information

British Fencing is committed to providing fencers with opportunities to improve performance and develop as individuals in a cost effective way. We have teamed up with SkillsActive to offer you the chance of being part of and achieving the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE).

Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE)

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 the British Fencing AASE programme.

What is AASE?

It is a Level 3 qualification based around an NVQ in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance; 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 fencing and this innovative and exciting sporting excellence programme will help you to develop as an athlete and fencer as well as gain a nationally recognised qualification.

Fencers will need to commit to attending AASE training days (approx. 20 days a year) and to maintaining a portfolio of their learning and training activity.

AASE is a 16-month programme for fencers aged 16-18 on the 1st September 2015. 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 AASE with University education or other Level 4 qualification. So normally fencers start AASE at the beginning of year 12.

The fourth cohort of the fencing AASE programme will begin in September 2015 and run as a 16 month programme, finishing in January 2017.

AASE Facts

  • Available to fencers resident in England only
  • Fencers must be aged 16, 17 or 18 on the 1st September in the academic year (for September 2015 intake born between 2/9/1996 & 1/9/1999)
  • Fencers must have completed their GCSE year before starting AASE
  • Applicants must be in the top 40 in Britain at their age group
  • Fencers must commit to take part in the AASE training days for 16 months

About AASE

The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) is a sports performance programme. It provides a structured training and development route across a number of sports for talented young athletes (aged 16 –19) who have a real chance of excelling in their sport

The AASE 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 AASE programme currently runs in the following sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Boxing, Cricket, Fencing, Football, Golf, Handball, Judo, Lacrosse, Modern Pentathlon, Motor Sports, Netball, Rugby Union, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis

There are currently over 2500 athletes enrolled in the programme.

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

1)    Technical Skills
2)    Tactical Awareness
3)    Physical Capabilities
4)    Mental Skills

Importantly it also directly addresses wider issues, such as:

5)    Lifestyle Organisation
6)    Career Planning
7)    Communication and Working With Others,
8)    Health & Safety
9)    Nutrition

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

Fencers will produce a portfolio demonstrating what they have learnt about each of the units during their sporting pursuits. This could include a training log, a nutrition diary, video samples or a journal. They must also work with a qualified assessor to test understanding and relevant performance.

At the end of the AASE course fencers will qualify with Level 3 Certificates in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance and Understanding Sports Performance

British Fencing AASE Programme

The British Fencing AASE programme offers fencers the ability to stay at their current school and still be part of the AASE programme.  We will deliver the program through National days during the school holidays.  The majority of the programme will be delivered through these approx. 20 contact days and as such many elements, such as international training camps, will now be subsidised through their involvement in the AASE programme.  

About SkillsActive
SkillsActive is the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and well-being. Their role is to create a framework of qualifications, training and continuous professional development based on industry requirements and standards. SkillsActive developed the AASE qualification in 2003 and currently works with over 20 sports delivering AASE. SkillsActive have worked with British Fencing on the programme to deliver excellent quality training and assessment for the fencers. 

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 (at the top of the page) and return it to Neil Brown, or post it to the British Fencing office. Completing the form does not commit you to start the programme at this stage.

If you wish to find out more information about AASE go to www.skillsactive.com/aase

If you feel that the AASE 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 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 2015.

MOSS Amber
PRIOR Cameron
O'HARA Oscar