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Sport and Exercise Science — Higher National Certificate (HNC)


Course ID: 163660

Course Year: 21/22

Course Details

  • This higher level qualification is studied over 1 year.
  • Advance your career in the field of sports exercise science and coaching.
  • This exciting course covers the theory and practice of specialist sports-related areas, including psychology, fitness testing, coaching and sports massage.
  • Practical modules take place in the College's own sports gym or outside,with access to specialist equipment and resources.

What to expect from the course

This course is geared towards a career in the fast growing sports industry, and will introduce you to the theory and application of sports, exercise science and coaching in various environments.

Content/modules studied:

  • Coaching Practice and Skill Development
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Professional Skills
  • Training, Fitness, Testing
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Nutrition
  • Sports Massage
  • Lifestyle Coaching.

Note: Students are required to purchase personal equipment e.g. clothing and books.

The programme handbook for this course is available to applicants online:

HNC Sport and Exercise Science Programme Handbook (21-22)


Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

A gym, including treadmills and exercise bikes.
Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

This qualification prepares you for higher level careers in the sports and leisure industry and is a direct route into the industry.

We're here to help...

Contact us to discuss your application or find out more:

 : 0151 252 3000

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C/5 or above, including English and preferably maths, and any of the following:

• A-levels
• BTEC national certificate or diploma
• NVQ Level 3 advanced diploma
• Relevant Access qualification.

Relevant industrial experience may be considered if you are a mature students. Equally important are the drive and determination to succeed and a good level of written English.

You should hold a total UCAS Tariff points score from relevant qualifications of at least 96 points.

If you are unsure of the entry requirements, or if you don't meet the criteria, please contact our Careers Advice and Guidance team who will be happy to help you find the best option for you. Email or call 0151 252 3607.


This course is only available to learners aged 18 and over. Fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer, but you may qualify for a student loan through Student Finance England towards the cost of your course and living costs. Find out more at, or contact our HE team at

Fee for21/22 is 6568.00
In future years we anticipate increasing this fee in line with the annual inflation level (capped at RPI All Items Excluding Mortgage Interest (RPIX)).

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