Diploma in Sporting Excellence

Diploma in Sporting Excellence

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (formally known as AASE) programme 2019-2021 is delivered as part of the GBR Athlete Development Programme

DiSE Expression of interest Form 2019-2021 (pdf)

DiSE Expression of Interest Form 2019-2021 (word document)


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 became 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. Priority will be given to fencers who are already part of the Athlete Development Programme, places are strictly limited.


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 training, will help you to develop as an athlete and fencer, and gain a UCAS-recognised qualification on completion.

The Diploma is notionally a 2-year programme for fencers aged16-18 on the 1st September 2019. 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.

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE) is now part of the British Fencing Athlete Development Programme (ADP). There are currently 80 fencers enrolled.


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 mental aspects of their sport. It also addresses wider issues such as lifestyle, career development, communication, nutrition, and health and safety.

The DiSE programme currently runs in the following other sports: Athletics, Basketball, Boxing, Equestrian, Golf, Handball, Hockey, Judo, Modern Pentathlon, Motor Sports, Netball, Rowing, Tennis, Volleyball, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Wheelchair Basketball. There are 1550 places available on the programme.

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

  1. Technical Skills
  2. Tactical Awareness
  3. Physical Capabilities
  4. Mental Skills
  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 DiSE Framework.


British Fencing Programme
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.

The programme will begin in October 2019 and run as an 18-month programme, finishing in February 2021.

  • 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 2019 intake born between 2/9/2000 & 1/9/2003)
  • 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 and ADP activities (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?
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 12th August 2019.  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.


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