After successfully completing the Higher National Diploma, you will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the concepts of sport and exercise science. This includes developing and delivering bespoke training programmes and coaching sessions, analysing the sports performance of individuals, and planning a talent identification and development programme.

You will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately, and you will have the qualities needed for employment that require personal responsibility. You will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective teamwork, 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.


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Andrei Ilioiu

“I enjoy this course; it challenges me and I’ve met a lot of people with the same aspirations.”

  • Description

    Topics studied include:

    • Advanced Coaching
    • Performance Analysis
    • Talent Identification and Development
    • Research Project
    • Strength and Conditioning for Coaching
    • Contemporary Issues in Coaching

    This course operates using a blended learning approach, where part, orall ofsome units may be delivered online, via a virtual learning environment. 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

    You must have completed an HNC in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science). Depending on existing qualifications, you may be required to complete additional top-up units to ensure they meet Pearson BTEC requirements.

    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.

    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 research skills. You should be familiar with basic computer functions and applications including Microsoft Windows and Office. Parts of your programme will be delivered using a virtual learning environment. Training for this application will be provided.

  • Qualification

    Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science (Coaching Science)

  • Progression

    Students who successfully complete this qualification can enter employment, continue existing employment, move onto a relevant course at Level 6 or commit to continuing professional development.

  • Assessment

    You will be assessed continually throughout the course, normally via written assignments, observations, presentations practical activities andreflectivelogbooks.

  • Home Study

    You areexpected to work independently and proactively to prepare for class and undertake written assignmentsin your own time, allocating approximately four hours a week on research andself-studyoutside of normal class timein order tobuild up knowledge and confidence and successfully complete the programme.

  • Work Placement

    The course involved a work placement unit. On successful completion of the unit, you will have gained a number of employability skills such as time management, communication and interpersonal skills and task prioritisation.

  • Fees and Additional Costs

    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 association 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

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