Boxing Education (BoxED): Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)

Overview (NV)

Boxing Education (BoxED): Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DiSE)

Course length
2 years full-time


Have the potential to become a top flight boxer?                                                       

University College Birmingham’s BoxED course is run in partnership with England Boxing and is open to talented, young sportsmen and sportswomen capable of representing Team GB at the highest levels of Olympic competition.

The only one of its type in the West Midlands, BoxED’s goal is to identify, nurture and train talented young men and women, and this course is open to 16-18 year olds who would like to combine vocational study with the tuition and training required to reach the top of the sport.

Focused around your own development as a boxer, the course includes qualifications that will enable you to become a qualified gym instructor and personal trainer. You will also study modules in sports nutrition, sports psychology, coaching and anatomy and physiology, preparing you for a career in the sports industry or supporting your progression into higher education.

If you have the potential to achieve excellence as a full-time, funded professional or semi-professional athlete or within an alternative ‘dual career’ within the elite sport environment, this course is for you.

Why should I choose this course?

  • You are a talented boxer, aged 16-18, with an unwavering commitment to the sport
  • You have sound experience of boxing, through competing at your local boxing club
  • You have what it takes to be identified by the Amateur Boxing Association of England (ABAE) as having elite potential
  • You have the drive and determination to succeed in boxing
  • You are prepared to work hard
  • You want to balance your sporting ambitions with the need to obtain a respected, academic qualification 

"I am working hard to juggle my education with an elite sport, but I am extremely proud that I just won the Elite England Boxing Championships, beating two boxers who will be at the Rio Olympics."

Carl Fail

Why maths and English are so important to your career

Achieving a good level of English and maths is important so that you can compete in today’s labour market and secure the career you’ve always wanted. Alongside your full-time course, students will continue to develop their English and maths skills. If you haven’t yet achieved GCSE grade 4 (grade C) in English and maths at 16, you will continue to study these by resits or by taking Functional Skills at an appropriate level.


  • When designing fitness programmes, a sound understanding of basic numbers is needed for working out appropriate repetitions and determining increments in weight-training
  • Fractions are needed in calculating BMI
  • Measurements are also key in determining and monitoring client heights and weights
  • Mathematics is central to an understanding of nutrition and sports formulae 


  • Accurate spelling and a wide and specialist vocabulary are key in the presentation of sports services and products
  • Good quality speaking and listening skills are needed when communicating with colleagues/sponsors
  • Customer services skills require good English skills in speaking and written communication
  • Accurate reading is a vital skill when following instructions
  • Secure English is important when preparing a CV or a business proposal or when advertising/marketing your business or when designing a training plan for a client 

Our Clean Sport commitment

University College Birmingham adopts the UK Anti-Doping and World Anti- Doping Agency (WADA) position that cheating, including doping, in sport is fundamentally contrary to the spirit of sport, undermining the otherwise positive impact of sport on society. Further details about UKAD and WADA can be found on their website, or on twitter

View our Clean Sport Commitment statement (PDF)



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Teaching & Assessment (NV)

Teaching and assessment

Assessment takes place in realistic working environments including the fitness gym, outdoor fitness and studio-based fitness, alongside class-based portfolio work. Students need to be prepared to work both independently and as part of a team.

Our teaching and assessment is underpinned by our Teaching, Learning and Assessment Strategy 2015-2020.

Entry Requirements (NV)

Entry requirements

  • You must be aged 16-18 years of age
  • Normally, you will require a minimum of 4 GCSEs or equivalent – 2 at grade 4 (grade C) and 2 at grade 3 (grade D), including maths and/or English
  • You must be a member of a club belonging to England Boxing with the enthusiasm to be an elite performer.
  • Excellent levels of attendance and behaviour are expected.
  • Students require a strong work ethic.
  • You will be required to attend a screening event.

You will be required to buy a uniform and set of equipment. 

What will I study? (NV)

What will I study?

Alongside your DiSE qualification, you will study:

Year 1

  • Level 2 Gym Instructors qualification
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Level 1 Sports Coaching – Boxing
  • Emergency First Aid
  • Safeguarding
  • Sport Nutrition, Performance and Healthy Eating
  • Work Placement

Year 2

  • Level 3 Personal Training qualification
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sports Coaching Level 2 – Boxing
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sports Massage
  • Work Placement

In addition to your academic studies, you will:

  • Train 3-4 times a week (depending on GCSE requirements)
  • Receive specialist instruction in:
    • Fitness
    • Boxing technique
    • Strength and conditioning
    • Sparring
    • Sports therapy and rehabilitation
Work Placement (NV)

Work placement

There are two key points during the academic year when students can experience the value of work placements. You will work closely with our specialist hired@UCB team to ensure you have the skills, confidence and ability to secure placements that suit you and match your career aspirations.

As part of your course, you will be required to undertake a period of work placement, which is relevant to your course, in both years 1 and 2.

A work placement not only gives you valuable experience, it also:

  • Helps you to apply what you’re learning into practice
  • It gives you a better understanding of how a company or organisation works
  • Helps you to develop essential skills such as time management, social and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team
  • Enriches your CV
  • Enhances a UCAS application and personal statement should you wish to progress to higher education
  • Helps you to consider wider future employment opportunities

If students are passionate about their career choice, work placements are vital.

A set of achievements, skills, understanding and personal attributes make a student more likely to gain employment and be successful in their chosen occupation, which benefits themselves and the work force.

Careers (NV)


This course meets the needs of elite, young athletes who have the potential to achieve excellence in their sport and are seeking, as their main career goal, to perform at the highest level. This might be as a full-time funded, professional or semi-professional athlete or within an alternative ‘dual career’ within the elite sport environment.

On completion, you may be able to take up immediate employment opportunities, including:

  • Boxing coach
  • Gym instructor (upon completing year 1)
  • Personal trainer (upon competing year 2)
  • Higher levels of competitive boxing


The team at hired@UCB – our student placement and careers service – can help you with advice, information and guidance in finding a job. They can help you develop your work-related skills. Based in new facilities on the ground floor of Moss House, the hired@UCB team comprises specialist staff to help with:

  • Careers advice and guidance
  • Placements, work experience and volunteering
  • Unitemps – UCB's recruitment agency
  • Employer engagement
  • Part-time and seasonal work
  • Internships, apprenticeships and traineeships
  • Alumni support

Find out more about hired@UCB services.

Having successfully completed Level 3, you can progress onto a degree in Sport and Fitness Studies, Sports Management, Sports Massage and Remedial Therapy, Strength Conditioning and Sports Nutrition or Sports Therapy at UCB. Alternatively, you can apply for a range of other degrees at UCB or elsewhere.

Profiles (NV)

Student profiles

Read what our current students and alumni love about UCB and how we helped them begin their career in industry.

Carl Fail

Carl Fail

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