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Sport and Exercise Science HND

Our HND in Sports Science is ideal for those who aspire to work in the fitness or coaching industry.

Course information

Course Summary

Our HND in Sports Science is ideal for those who aspire to work in the fitness or coaching industry. The two year program provides learners with the opportunity to study a broad range of modules aimed at providing you with the knowledge and scientific understanding to help you succeed in your chosen profession.

Course Code:N6703
Study Type:Full Time
Academic Level:Level 5
Awarded by:Pearson
Course Length

2 years

Course Detail

The purpose of Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport & Exercise Science is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals, able to meet the demands of employers in the Sport & Exercise Science sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.

Our HND in Sports Science is ideal for those who aspire to work in the fitness or coaching industry. The two year program provides learners with the opportunity to study a broad range of modules aimed at providing you with the knowledge and scientific understanding to help you succeed in your chosen profession.

The course will be delivered by a blend of experienced lecturing staff that have a range of qualifications, vocational knowledge and experience. These include NGB sports coaching certificates, professional qualifications, PGCEs, and experience of working with elite sport performers. This breadth and depth of skills allows the team to provide not only an inspiring academic learning environment but excellent vocational knowledge in the classroom.

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications in Sport & Exercise Science offer:

  • A stimulating and challenging programme of study that will be both engaging and memorable for students.
  • The essential subject knowledge that students need to progress successfully into further study or the world of work.
  • A simplified structure: students undertake a substantial core of learning in the Higher National Certificate and can build on this in the Higher National Diploma, with optional units linked to their specialist area of study.
  • Specialist pathways in the Level 5 Diploma, so there is something to suit each student’s preference of study and future progression plans.
  • Refreshed content that is closely aligned with Professional Body, employer and higher education needs.
  • Assessments that consider cognitive skills (what students know) along with affective and applied skills (respectively how they behave and what they can do)
  • Unit-specific grading and Pearson-set assignments.
  • A varied approach to assessment that supports progression to Level 6 and also allows centres to offer assessment relevant to the local economy, thereby accommodating and enhancing different learning styles.
  • Quality assurance measures to ensure that all stakeholders (e.g. professional bodies, universities, colleges and students) can feel confident in the integrity and value of the qualifications
  • A qualification designed to meet the needs and expectations of students aspiring to work in an international environment.

The Higher National Diploma (HND) is a Level 4 and Level 5 qualification made up of 240 credits. It is usually studied full-time over two years, or part-time over four years.

BTEC Higher Nationals consist of core units, specialist units and optional units:

  • Core units are mandatory
  • Specialist units are designed to provide a specific occupational focus to the qualification and are aligned to Professional Body standards

Additional qualifications available

  • First Aid
  • ITEC Level 4 Sports Massage*
  • Fitness Instructing/Personal Training*

(subject to additional hours)

Modules

BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science

Year 1 (level 4)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Core/Mandatory

Core/Mandatory

1 Nutrition

14 Research Project (Pearson-set) (30 credit)

2 Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology

3 Anatomy & Physiology

4 Professional Skills (Pearson-set)

Specialist

Specialist

6 Training, Fitness, Testing

22 Physical Education & School Sport

7 Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health

25 Work Experience

11 Injury Prevention

26 Exercise Physiology

13 Sports Massage

28 Leadership & Management

33 Strength & Conditioning for Coaching

37 Sport Rehabilitation

Course Fees

£7800*

*Includes additional course costs and equipment

Full fee information here

Entry Requirements

64 UCAS points

BTEC:

  • Merit Pass Pass (Level 3 Extended Diploma)
  • Merit Merit (Level 3 Diploma)
Your Next Steps

On successful completion of the Level 5 Higher National Diploma, students can develop their careers in the Sport & Exercise Science sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university Top Up Degree (subject to individual entry criteria)
Other Information

Info updated 12.10.21