Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)

The Diploma in Sporting Excellence is a qualification specifically designed for learners with an opportunity to be assessed on their ability to work towards and fulfil the role and requirements of an elite sports performer.

The qualification is aimed at talented rugby players identified by the RFU and Newcastle Falcons Academy who have joined the ACE Programme in order to compete at the highest level. Within rugby the DiSE is designed and intended for those who are currently within the Newcastle Falcons Academy structure and identified within their Player Development Group (PDG).

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 at those universities that accept the qualification. Students completing DiSE will usually study two other subjects.