Sport and Exercise Science — Higher National Certificate (HNC)

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Course information

The Sport and Exercise Science HNC is designed to provide a foundation for
anyone wishing to enter the field of sports, exercise science and coaching and
is geared towards a career in the fast growing Sports industry. It aims to
introduce students to the theory and application of sports, exercise science and
coaching in various environments. A key part of the course is the coaching
placement through which learners gain practical coaching experience. Specialist
areas such as psychology of sports coaching, training fitness and testing,
lifestyle coaching, coaching practice and skill development and sports massage
and many other related subjects make this an exciting and worthwhile course.
Note: Students will be required to purchase personal equipment e.g. clothing and

Skills and Knowledge Developed: You will be expected to undertake regular
home study on this course. Practical modules will take place in the sports gym
or outside with tutor support and guidance, and extra independent learning
sessions will be timetabled to allow access to specialist equipment and

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

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

HNC Sport and Exercise Science Programme Handbook (19-20)


Higher National Certificate (HNC) Sport and Exercise Science

This course leads to...

This qualification prepares students for higher level careers in the sports and leisure industry.
Progression is through direct entry into the industry or through further study at HND top-up with a third year at degree level.

Entry Requirements

4 GCSEs at grade C or above (must include English and preferably maths) and any of the following:
• A-levels
• BTEC national certificate or diploma
• Relevant Access qualification
• NVQ Level 3, advanced diploma

Relevant industrial experience may be considered for mature students. Equally important are the drive and determination to succeed, a good level of written English, and ‘employability’. All potential candidates will be expected to attend an interview and will be assessed prior to enrolment onto the programme.

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Course ID: 157466

Course Year: 19/20

Course Duration: 1 Year


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

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