About the DiSE Programme

DiSE is a government-supported and funded initiative aimed at recognising and supporting the development of young, talented athletes. The DiSE programme is overseen by Sportsaid on behalf of Sport England. The programme offers a unique sporting qualification, designed to meet the needs of student athletes who exhibit the potential to achieve excellence in their sport. The qualification is worth 64 UCAS points.

The main purpose of the DISE programme is to support talented athletes to combine sport and education so that they have the skills, knowledge and behaviours to pursue a dual career in high-level sport alongside separate paid employment in the future.


How the programme works

The DiSE programme is delivered by Snowsport England, in collaboration with our educational partner, Loughborough college. DiSE is delivered over a period of two years, where students can earn a qualification for evidencing their snowsport development.

The programme will require candidates to attend a mixture of online webinars and tutorials, as well as completing some self-guided or e-learning modules, with potential in-person support during the summer months in 2025. All sessions will be scheduled to fit around the snowsport calendar where possible but it will be necessary to deliver DiSE during the winter months. Upon delivery of each topic athletes will be given tasks to complete, and must upload evidence onto their own development wheel.  There is an expectation that when in their own training environments, athletes will be collecting evidence to support their achievement on the DiSE programme.

What does it cover?

The DiSE programme has been designed to help athletes progress in the pathway and on their individual personal development journey. It covers a range of topics, which are split into ‘On Snow’ and ‘Off Snow’ development wheels.

“On Snow” elements including:

  • Technical skills
  • Tactical awareness
  • Physical fitness aspects related to Snowsport.

“Off Snow” elements include aspects such as:

  • Nutritional planning (including anti-doping)
  • Psychological skills
  • Career and personal development
  • Lifestyle organisation
  • Communication skills (including interview training and social media)
  • Money management
  • Personal safety and wellbeing

What will I gain at the end of the programme?

After the final completion of the DISE programme (July 2026), athletes will have achieved the Level 3 Diploma in Sporting Excellence (DISE) subject to submitting a portfolio of evidence.

The DiSE programme, certified by Pearson, is worth 64 UCAS points.

Criteria to Apply

DiSE Department for Education Learner Eligibility:
  1. To be eligible for DiSE programme funding, a student must meet the following criteria:

a) Be aged 16 to 18 (or aged 19 to 24 if they have an Education, Health, and Care (EHC) plan), when they start the programme.

b) Subject to paragraph 2 below, be enrolled on a state funded study programme for the full duration of the DiSE programme, and be studying towards an academic (e.g., A levels) or technical qualification (e.g., NVQs or City and Guilds).

c). Must not be employed by their sport body or club on a professional contract.

2. The requirement in paragraph 1b. “be enrolled on a state funded study programme”, does not apply to students who attend a fee-paying school for their main study programme in the following circumstances:

a) The student is in receipt of the school’s means-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission; or

b) The student is in receipt of a talent / ability-based scholarship of at least 50% but were this not to be the case then they would have otherwise qualified for the school’s means-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission; or

c) At least 50% of the student’s fees are being paid by a third sector organisation but were this not to be the case then they would have otherwise qualified for the school’s means-tested bursary of at least 50% fee remission.

Athlete Consideration Criteria:
  1. Be a Snowsport England Member
  2. Be Selected into a Snowsport England or GBS Squad
    1. If not selected to a squad then FIS performances will be taken into consideration
  3. Hold a FIS International Licence

How to Apply

Snowsport England has 8 places for a September 2024 start.

If you would like to be a part of the DiSE programme and believe you meet the eligibility criteria then please fill in the expression of interest form below.

For any questions, please contact tom@snowsportengland.org.uk

The deadline to apply is Wednesday 31st July 2024

 Please complete the expression of interest form