The Course

The BTEC Higher National qualification in Sport & Exercise Science (Coaching Science) targets students wanting to continue their education through applied learning.

This route provides a wide-ranging study of the Sport & Exercise Science sector allowing students to develop a broad understanding of the key disciplines. 

Students will gain the broad knowledge and awareness of key disciplines within Sport and Exercise Science through modules that include sport & exercise psychology, anatomy & physiology, nutrition, training, fitness, testing and biomechanics.

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  • What You Study

    Students will gain the broad knowledge and awareness of key disciplines within Sport and Exercise Science through modules that include on psychology, anatomy and physiology, nutrition, fitness and testing, training and technology in sport.

    • There is a strong emphasis on employability skills and the knowledge essential for students with entrepreneurial, employment or academic aspirations.
    • The programme content is specifically designed to be appropriate to the needs of the sport and exercise industry and to enable students to progress to the second year of the FdSc Sport, Exercise Science and Health programme.
  • Entry Requirements

    • Applicants will have a minimum of 48 UCAS points, which may be from qualifications such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas, Access to Higher Education Diplomas and City and Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas, amongst others. Please use the UCAS Tariff points calculator to determine the UCAS points value of your qualification. 
    • Applicants need GCSE English Language at grade C / 4 or above, or an equivalent qualification. 
    • Applicants need an appropriate academic reference.
    • Life and / or experience of non-traditional students will be taken into account when considering applications. The successful completion of an entry task may be required when considering applications without the required formal entry qualifications.
    • If first language is not English, or a Tier 4 student visa to study is required and GCSE grade C / 4 English or equivalent is not held, English language proficiency level such as International English Language Testing System (IELTS) 6.0 overall (with a minimum 5.5 in each skill) will need evidencing.
  • Contact Time

    Approximately 17 hours a week to include lectures, seminars, practicals and tutorials. Students are also expected to carry out a significant amount of private study in addition to contact time (25-30 hours a week). A part-time option is also available.

    Wednesday afternoons are reserved as part of the Football Coaching Academy, which allows those students with a passion for coaching the opportunity to access our college football teams to apply their academic knowledge through practical coaching. Click here to learn more.

    Students can expect to receive their timetables during induction week.

  • Work Experience

    Relevant extra-curricular activity and/or work experience is encouraged of all students in order to enhance learning.

  • Learning and Teaching Approach

    This programme is delivered with a variety of learning and teaching approaches to include all students’ learning styles and preferences.

    For all modules, theory lectures are delivered that aim to deliver the core content and provide the underpinning knowledge. To complement the theory lectures, students have group seminars / practical sessions that are used to reinforce concepts delivered theoretically.

    The teaching methods focus on facilitating a student centred approach to enhance the independent learning that takes place outside of the classroom.

  • How You're Assessed

    Assessment includes written assignments, seminars, poster presentations, practical coaching or role-plays, reports, portfolios, case studies and presentations. Some elements may be assessed by formal examination. Opportunities for feedback on assessments are available prior to the final submission to support student development and achievement. Staff aim to return assessed work within a 15 working day timeframe (not including holidays) in order that students can most benefit from the feedback.

  • Progression

    The programme is also designed to enable students to progress to the Level 5 (second year stage) of a relevant programme. The BSc Sport, Coaching & Development programme is available at the University Centre Bishop Burton. You can find further details on all of our programmes on our website

  • Careers

    Students graduating from this programme could follow careers in sports coaching, sports development, sport or fitness duty management, activity leadership or progression to Level 5 study.

  • Equipment Required / Additional Costs

    Students may need to complete an enhanced DBS check £40.00 (additional optional fee of £13.00 per year for the Update Service) to fulfil a voluntary work placement. Sports kit is available for purchase from the online sports store at the student’s discretion (cost will vary depending on kit purchased: approximate cost £100). A range of additional qualifications, short courses and study tours/trips maybe offered at additional cost. On successful completion of the programme, students have the opportunity to graduate at a ceremony wearing formal dress. The hire of the formal dress is an additional cost.

  • How To Apply

    Application for the full-time course is through UCAS, using code HNCS, and application to the part-time course is through our online application form.

  • Download Programme Guide

    Download our programme guide to find out more about the HNC Sport and Exercise Science programme at either University Centre Bishop Burton or Riseholme College.

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