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Certificate of Higher Education (Cycling Studies)

Writtle University College
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Postgraduate Education
2 semesters
Full time
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Certificate of Higher Education (Cycling Studies)

Young athletes are under pressure to forge ahead with their sports careers to obtain good results that may win them a place on a World Class Performance Plan, national selection, or a professional contract, however, very few individuals make it to professional standard and so it is important for them to continue with their education in the event that their cycle racing career does not take off. Cyclists, like other athletes, struggle to manage study and competition so this course offers a programme that could be studied around a summer cycling season.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Cycling Studies has been designed to act as a foundation for potential careers pursued by both young aspiring athletes and individuals with a passion for cycling who may already be working within the industry or are seeking to make a career change from an unrelated occupation who wish to develop greater knowledge of the science behind cycling and coaching.

Our Cycling Studies students will gain access to a range of world class cycling facilities including Lee Valley Velo Park which includes the Olympic Velodrome, Redbridge Cycling Centre, Hadleigh Park (Olympic) MTB track. Alongside access to these world class facilities, WUC has partnerships with the On Form Cycling Team and Oakland Wolves Cycling Academy. These facilities and partnerships help enrich student learning and facilitate the process of putting theory taught in the classroom into real-world applied practice.

Another distinctive feature of the Cycling Studies course is the access students have to professionals working within the cycling industry including professional and elite riders, sports development officers, cycling facilities managers, coaches, physiotherapists, aerodynamicists, marketing professionals, retailers and sponsors.

Suitability - Who should attend?

  • UCAS Tariff Points: 48
  • GCE A Levels: 848 UCAS tariff points, to include one GCE A level grade C or above
  • Irish Certificate: 48 UCAS tariff points, to include 2 x B3 or H3 higher
  • Scottish Highers: 48 UCAS tariff points, to include 1 x B & 1 x C
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma: Total (IB) Diploma point score of 24 or more
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma: PPP
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma: MP
  • GCSEs: All applicants must hold a minimum of four GCSE passes at grade C/4 or above to include English, Maths and Science.

Who is the Course for?

Cert HE in Cycling Studies is ideal for both aspiring competitive cyclists who wish to pursue a cycling career at the same time as continuing with their education, as well as individuals of any age or background who want to develop career in support of cyclists or seek employment within the wider cycling industry .

We seek to take on students who, first and foremost, are passionate about cycling and developing a career in cycling. Cycling ability is no barrier to participation in this course, but we do expect applicants to be active in cycling (not necessarily competitive cyclists) and can demonstrate a genuine involvement in the cycling community in one capacity or another.

Training Course Content

Stage One

Semester 1

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Skills for the Sport Industry
  • Coaching in Practice
  • Introduction to Psychology

Semester 2

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology
  • Analysis of Human Movement and Performance
  • Working in Cycling

Course delivery details

Learning & Teaching Methods

The acquisition of knowledge and understanding is approached through an emphasis on student-centred learning. Integration of theoretical and practical learning ensures the strong vocational focus as a priority in the provision. The following list shows the variety of learning and teaching methods experienced on this course.

  • Lectures
  • Practical laboratory sessions
  • Coaching sessions in the field
  • Case studies
  • Seminars
  • Coursework

Why choose Writtle University College

Ranked Top University-Sector Institution in East Anglia for overall student satisfaction!

*Based on NSS 2021 Based on Taught Data

Beautiful rural campus situated between London and the coast.

Rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted


Home Students


  • £9,250


  • £1,156 per 15 credit module
  • £2,312 per 30 credit module

International Students (Including EU students)


  • £12,450

Continuing Studies

Students are encouraged to consider various career pathways through work based learning (WBL) and personal development planning (PDP).

Some may choose to train and race as part of their WBL whilst others may elect to explore roles within the wider cycling industry. Many relevant opportunities exist outside of competitive cycling and students are introduced to the possibility of pursuing a career in exercise and health, teaching or in sports (cycling) development.

Students can be expected to pursue careers in the following fields, although some will require further study or experience:

  • Competitive cyclist
  • Coach
  • Cycling development officer
  • Soigneur
  • Directeur sportif
  • Cycling facility manager
  • Team principal
  • Exercise prescription professional
  • Teacher
  • Sports therapist
  • Charity worker

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Writtle University College

Writtle University College offers a range of land-based, design and sport courses at various levels of academic study including Postgraduate, Undergraduate, Further Education, Short Courses and Apprenticeships. We also provide students with the options of being able to study certain...

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