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HND Sport & Exercise Science

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Course title

Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science
(240 credits)

Campus location

Whittingham Campus/Coombswood Campus

Why study this course?

This is an ideal course for those interested in a career in the sport or leisure industry, and  pursuing 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 which 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.

The course includes an option of two distinct 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.

In addition to the 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.

*Pathway options may be dependent on number of enrolments.

Length of course

Full Time: One Year
Part Time: Two Years 

Compulsory modules

Sport & Exercise Science

Year 1

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

Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Performance Analysis // Coaching
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Psychology for Performance
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Work Experience
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Additional Qualifications
  • Level 3 Personal Training
  • Level 4 Strength and Conditioning


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

Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Advanced Coaching
  • Performance Analysis
  • Talent Identification and Development
  • Work Experience
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Psychology for Performance
  • Additional Qualifications


Full Time and Part Time available for 2020 entry:

Full time timetables usually consist of two 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 Apply, using the UCAS code: B403

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

If your qualification(s) 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; or

2 or more A Levels; or

An Access to Higher Education Certificate

This profile should be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or 4) in Maths and English Language.

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

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.

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

Work Experience will be completed in the second year of study, 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 2020


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Currently, for 2019 entry, the full time course is delivered over two full days (Tuesdays and Thursdays)


2020 course timetable to be confirmed.

Course fee (per annum)

Full Time: £4880
Part Time: £2440 (per year)

Course code

UCAS code: B403 for full time study

Study mode

Full Time and Part Time available for 2020 entry

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