HNC Sports and Exercise Science (Coaching Science) enables a multidisciplinary study of sport and exercise science at a higher level. In this blended course, you will have the opportunity to study all the major disciplines of sports science and coaching science. You will gain a scientific understanding of core principles involved in increasing an athlete's performance with a wide range of modules, as well as the ability to coach to a high level. Practical aspects will run alongside the scientific elements to ensure that you are able to increase your skills and knowledge. The qualification is studied full time over one year. The course is delivered through a blended learning approach, meaning teaching and learning will occur both on site in classrooms and remotely via a virtual learning environment.


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  • Description

    After successfully completing the Higher National Certificate, you will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Sport and Exercise Science. You will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and you will have the qualities needed for employment that requires personal responsibility. You will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. You will be adaptable and flexible, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

    Modules studied include:

    Nutrition Psychology Anatomy & Physiology Professional Skills Coaching Practice Trainingand Fitness Testing Physical Activity Lifestyle and Healthand Community Coaching This course operates using a blended learning approach, where part, orall ofsome units may be delivered online, via Microsoft Teams. To participate in this programme, you will need a suitable computer and/or device with sufficient internet access. Specific requirements and information on the support available to borrow or purchase equipment can be discussed at interview.

  • Entry Requirements

    A Level 3 qualification,or similar, is required.

    A typical offer would be BCC at A-Level or DMM at BTEC. Applications are welcome from students with a range of non-traditional educational or professional qualifications. We also welcome mature students and students who have undertaken Access courses.

    As a minimum: 3 GCSE's Grade A-C / 9-4 or Level 2 equivalent to include Mathematics and English Language.

    If English is not your first language, a minimum IELTS 5.5 (or equivalent) is required.

    You will require the ability to work independently in self-directed study as well as theresearch skill.You should be familiar with basic computer functions and applications including Microsoft Windows and Office. Parts of your programme will be delivered using Microsoft Teams. Training for this application will be provided.

  • Qualification

    Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science)

  • Progression

    Students who successfully complete this qualification can enter employment, continue existing employment, study a relevant course at Level 5 (HND) or commit to continuing professional development (CPD).

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed continually throughout the course, normally via written assignments, observations, presentations and reflective logbooks.

  • Home Study

    You are expected to work independently and proactively to prepare for class and undertake written assignments in your own time, allocating approximately four hours a week on research and self-study outside of normal class time in order to build up knowledge and confidence and successfully complete the programme.

  • Work Placement

    The course does not involve work placement, but you are encouraged to seek out opportunities to visit or engage with companies within the industry.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £253.75 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. The tuition fee for this programme is £6,000 per year. In addition to the tuition fee, an awarding body registration fee (set by the awarding body) and an annual student subscription fee of £15 are payable. At times, you may be offered the opportunity to visit exhibitions and shows, which may require additional entrance fees and travel costs.

    You will be expected to bring appropriate stationery and exercise kit for practical sessions.

Code Day Start End Times Fees*
HNCL4SPORT 242501 Tuesday 12/08/2024 09/06/2025 09:00 - 19:00 £6000

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* Terms and conditions apply. The fees stated on this website are for guidance purposes only and should be checked before enrolment. Unless otherwise stated, fees shown are for tuition only, over one academic year. Where a course is longer than one academic year, the fees stated are for the first year, and the cost of the second or subsequent years will be discussed at interview. For details of fee remission for students over 19 click here. If you think you may be entitled to a concession or fee remission, or you would like more information on the additional costs associated with your chosen course, please contact us on 01635 845000 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..