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HNC in Sport & Exercise Science

Why not challenge yourself to go further and gain a starting point for an academic or professional career in sport and exercise science. UCAS Code: TBC

1 Year
2 days per week
Theory & Practical

Entry Requirements: BTEC Level 3 qualification (PPP) in Sport or Sport & Exercise Science - 48 UCAS Tariff Points

Course Info

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Sport & Exercise Science offers an introduction to the subject area. The course will include a range of activities to support your learning, using the outdoor pitches, sports hall and gym at the College’s Inspire Centre. This course will effectively build underpinning core skills while preparing you for progression to further study at Level 5 or employment in the field. You should gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills gained during research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios. 

On the HNC you will be taught to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Sport & Exercise Science. You will learn to communicate accurately and appropriately and will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. You will develop a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. You will need to show adaptability and flexibility in your approach to Sport & Exercise Science, show resilience under pressure, and to show the capability to meet challenging targets within a given resource. 

Units to be studied include:

  • Unit 1: Nutrition (15 credits) 
  • Unit 2: Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology (15 credits) 
  • Unit 3: Anatomy & Physiology (15 credits) 
  • Unit 4: Professional Skills (Pearson-set unit) (15 credits) 
  • Unit 5: Coaching Practice & Skill Development (15 credits) 
  • Unit 6: Training Fitness, Testing (15 credits) 
  • Unit 7: Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health (15 credits) 
  • Unit 10: Technology in Sport (15 credits) 

You will be given a handbook with full details of each Unit and the assessment tasks you need to complete.

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Alongside your studies, you will also have access to the Sport Academy programmes in Football, Rugby or Basketball, where you may be able to be part of the teams and represent the College, depending on your age.  Our professional and semi-professional sport partner links with FC Halifax , Halifax RFL, Bradford Dragons Basketball and HTFC Women’s Football closely work with the College to offer the best pathways and opportunities for our students within the sporting landscape.


Your teaching will include tutor- and student-led sessions, with discussions, activities, group-work, seminars, and one-to-one tutorial opportunities. You will be in an enriching and immersive learning environment, which will enhance your academic skills development alongside your subject specific knowledge and understanding. 

One of the key strengths of our teaching at the University Centre is the amount of time we dedicate to supporting you as an individual student to help you get the best out of your programme. One-to-one tutorials with your tutor are important as they allow you to raise any particular issues you may be facing. Your tutor will be as supportive as possible in helping you work through these issues. 

Guest speakers will give talks and/or demonstrations to you relating to skills development, professionalism and employability skills, or real-world experience and career progression. These are not yet confirmed.

Entry Requirements & Interview Process

Applicants will need 48 UCAS Tariff points (or equivalent) that may include qualifications from the following (others may also be considered): 

  • A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sport or Sport & Exercise Science 
  • A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.  This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (or equivalent) and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) in subjects such as maths and English 
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications 
  • An Access to Higher Education Diploma in Sport or Sport Science or a related subject area 

Offers will be made to students on the basis of both their academic qualifications and interview.

If you do not meet the entry criteria but have substantial professional, voluntary experience in a relevant role then the University Centre will consider your application. Please ask about this when you enquire; applications will be considered on an individual basis. 

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