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Sport & Exercise Science Higher National Certificate/Diploma

This course is designed to provide a platform for anyone wishing to enter the varied and exciting field of sports and exercise science. The course aims to introduce students to the theory and practical application of sports and exercise science in various environments and is designed to assist students into a wide range of careers, but with a particular focus on sports rehabilitation and massage, fitness development and healthy lifestyle development.

Studying will take place in a range of settings with modules being taught not just in the classroom, but also in our fitness gym, sports hall or massage suite. In addition to traditional studying methods, students will also be encouraged to use personal study time with online materials to help enhance understanding and learning throughout the course. Other opportunities available for those on this programme could include additional qualifications to boost employment potential. For example, studying additional qualifications like sport massage therapy, fitness instructor or taping and strapping qualifications.

Year 1 modules:
• Anatomy & Physiology
• Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology
• Injury Prevention
• Nutrition
• Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health
• Professional Skills
• Sports Massage
• Training, Fitness, Testing

Year 2 modules:
• Applied Coaching
• Entrepreneurism in Sport
• Exercise Prescription
• Exercise Physiology
• Research Project
• Sports Rehabilitation
• Work Experience

You will study a HNC (level 4) course in year one and then have the option to top this up to HND (level 5) in the following year.

The Year 1 HNC tuition fee for academic year 2022-23 is £6,000. Please be aware that we intend to increase tuition fees in subsequent years using the Retail Price Index (RPI-X).

Course Info

Level 5 - Professional & University
Subject Area
Sport & Exercise Sciences
Course Type
Higher Education Full-Time
Sutton Coldfield College
Next Start Date
Course Length
32 weeks

Entry Requirements

ACADEMIC REQUIREMENTS; a minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points (MPP) preferably gained in a sport / sport science related qualification e.g. BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport or A Level P.E. with Level 2 (GCSE grade 4 or above) in maths and English Language are preferred. Mature applicants with other qualifications or non-formal qualifications are welcome to apply, if they are over 21 years of age, and will be assessed on an individual basis and may be asked to complete a short task to demonstrate the required level of knowledge to meet the demands of the course. All applicants will be asked to attend a formal interview to assess suitability and commitment to the course.

Delivery and Assessment

Each assessment is designed in the context of realistic situations of the workplace and higher education. You may be asked to complete a variety of assessment from the following methods: Presentations, Practical demonstrations, Poster presentations, Timed assessment, Written reports & Dissertation.


Following successful completion of the course students will have the option of then looking for employment or furthering their education by applying to a university to top-up their course by doing additional study year(s) to gain full BSc (Hons) degree.

Career Opportunities

  • PE Teaching
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Therapy
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Physiotherapist
  • Paramedic
  • Youth Worker
  • plus many more