10/07/2020- University Fencing

Diploma in Sporting Excellence applications are now open.

The programme is run as part of the Athlete Development Programme.  The majority of the programme will be delivered through 20-25 contact days at weekends or in school holidays so fencers are able to stay at their school or college. There will also be online delivery and assessment. Open to fencers who have just finished GCSEs and resident in England, the programme is a good chance to do a course which earns UCAS points for university application.

The programme will begin in October 2020 and run as an 18-month programme, finishing in February 2022.

  • Available to fencers resident in England only, we cannot accept applicants who do not have an address in England
  • Fencers must be enrolled on a state-funded educational programme (there are some exceptions to this, for those on scholarships, please contact us for more information).
  • Fencers must be aged 16, 17, or 18 on the 1st September in the academic year (for September 2020 intake born between 2/9/2001 & 1/9/2004)
  • Fencers should have completed their GCSE year before starting
  • Applicants must be in the top 40 in Britain at their age group (or be of at least that standard but unable to compete at the moment).
  • Fencers will need to commit to attending training days and ADP activities (approx. 20-25 days a year), to maintaining a portfolio of their learning and training activity, and to completing the course.

The minimum fencing standard is top 40 on any national ranking list, or similar evidence of competitive success.

Find more details and the downloadable application form at:


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