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HNC Sport & Exercise Science

Course title


Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (120 credits)

Campus location

Whittingham Campus/Coombswood Campus

Why study this course?

This is an ideal course if you are interested in a career in the Sport or Leisure industry and are interested in pursuing the second year Higher National Diploma and then on to a full top up degree.

The course develops your knowledge of key sporting concepts with a strong vocational focus designed to equip you with the skills to develop your career within the sports industry.

You will be introduced to a range of topics that underpin your ability to work within a range of sporting industries such as leisure, coaching, teaching and sport science.

You are provided with the knowledge, expertise and additional qualifications to progress either into the job market or to continue your studies at a Further or Higher Education level. Those wishing to continue their studies can use this qualification to progress to a full honours degree at many universities, in Sport-based subject areas, once a HND has been achieved.

The course includes an option of two different pathways based on your future career aims and objectives*. The Sport and Exercise Science pathway is suited for those that want to work within elite sport or the health and fitness industry. Whereas the Coaching Science pathway prepares you for coaching a range of sports from grassroots to the elite level.

Additional to the award of a Higher National Diploma students will now have the opportunity to complete additional qualifications specific to their chosen pathway. This allows students the opportunity to gain an industry qualification to improve job prospects whilst completing their HND and after graduation.

*Pathway options may be dependent on number of enrolments.

Length of course

1 Year

Compulsory modules


Sport and Exercise Science

Year 1

  • Nutrition
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Skills
  • Training, Fitness and Testing
  • Biomechanics
  • Technology in Sport
  • Injury Prevention
  • Additional Qualifications
  • Level 3 Personal Training

Coaching Science

Year 1

  • Nutrition
  • Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Professional Skills
  • Coaching practice and Skill Development
  • Training, Fitness and Testing
  • Technology in Sport
  • Community Coaching
  • Additional Qualifications
  • FA Level 1 in Football Coaching
  • FA level 2 in Football Coaching

*Additional qualifications may be dependent on number of enrolments.


Both full and part time options are available.

Full time timetables usually consist of 2 full days (12 hours of contact time per week) which includes a tutorial session.

A range of online support materials are available from the online learning environment, Moodle, to access to a range of journals from online databases.


Assessments are work related and you will need to submit a portfolio for each of the modules, all of which must be passed.

There is a mixture of assessment methods across the course including practical assessments and observations, essays, reports, presentations, exhibits and one online examination.

How to apply

Full-time students should apply via UCAS, using the UCAS code: B411

Part-time applicants should apply via the ‘Apply’ link on the Halesowen College website.

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact Halesowen College’s Admissions Team for further guidance on 0121 602 7888.

Entry requirements

  • 48 UCAS points
  • A Level 3 qualification in Sport or a similar discipline; 
  • GCSE grades A* to C (or 4) in Maths and English Language.

  • 2 or more A Levels
  • An Access to Higher Education Certificate

Mature learners may present a more varied profile of achievement that is likely to include extensive work experience and/or achievement of a range of professional qualifications in their work sector.

A DBS will be required dependent on the environment of your second year work experience placement.

Any other information an applicant would need to know at this initial stage?

Work experience will be completed in the second year of study if learners continue to the Higher National Diploma, a DBS will normally be required for this depending on the environment.

Students are required to purchase practical kit to be worn in practical sessions, visits and placements where necessary.

Start date

September 2019


Tuesday and Thursday


Day time

Course fee (per annum)

HND Full Time: £4880
HND Part Time: £2440

Course code


Study mode

Full Time or Part Time

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