What is AASE?

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The Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence is a government-funded initiative that has been designed to help young people aged 16 to 18 combine education and sport. It’s aimed at athletes who have a realistic potential of achieving excellence in their sport – and want to make a career of performing at the highest level – but who also want to continue with their education.

AASE and aquatics

The ASA is dedicated to delivering the AASE programme and has apprentices from all of the disciplines: swimming, disability swimming, diving, synchronised swimming and water polo.

In October 2006 we were one of the first sporting bodies to launch the AASE programme and the first aquatic apprentices graduated in March 2009, with 94 athletes receiving qualifications as part of the scheme. Learn more about our involvement in the early days.

Aquatic stars who have completed the AASE programme include double Olympic medallist Rebecca Adlington, Breastroke World Record holder Adam Peaty, British diver Tom Daley and synchronised swimmers Jenna Randall and Olivia Allison.

Athletes… learn more about getting involved.

The AASE framework

The idea is that the apprenticeship takes 15 months to complete and is made up of three components. The overall apprenticeship will be awarded by Skills Active (the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure and Learning established by employers in Sport and Recreation, Health and Fitness) after all three components have been completed.

Background to the AASE programme

Skills Active developed the AASE frameworking partnership with a number of governing bodies of sport, industry experts and other partnership organisations.  Learn more about the history of the AASE programme.

The AASE programme is funded by the Learning and Skills Council (LSC), who are responsible for funding and planning education and training for over 16-year-olds in England.

The apprenticeship is the first to offer elite and potentially elite athletes to achieve proper recognition of the skills, knowledge and understanding they are developing/gaining in their quest for excellence. Learn more about the key facts of the AASE programme.

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If you have any questions regarding the programme please feel free to contact us.


Click here to find out what takes place on the AASE programme and look at what the athletes get up to throughout the year.


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