The qualification is aimed at talented sports performers identified by the RFU and Newcastle Falcons who have entered into the AASE Scheme in order to compete at the highest level. Within rugby the programme is designed and intended for those who are currently within the academy structure and identified within the PDG pathway or under the wing of the Centres of Excellence programme.
The purpose of the DiSE is to confirm competence within the elite sports arena, specifically the training environment, for both the practical and theoretical elements underpinned by a range of competency based evidence. DiSE recruits players of potential to achieve the stated successful outcomes. Each player will be required to follow a personal rugby development programme which should include annual planning and include:
• An active playing role
• Strength/conditioning and recovery
• Technical and tactical aspects relating to each individual’s position
• Off-field theory session
• Team Preparation training & meetings & mental preparation
• On field coaching and Match play DiSE is assessed as a Pass or Fail grading scheme with those passing the qualification being awarded 64 UCAS points (equivalent to two C grades at A Level). Students completing DiSE will usually study two other subjects.