HNC Diploma in Sport L4

  • CODE
    Full time
    1 Year
  • 19+ fees
    Pearson Education Ltd (Formerly EDEXCEL)
Designed for students who want to work in sports development or coaching - such as a Sports Development Officer, Community Coach or Strength and Conditioning Coach - this programme will give you the opportunity to develop a range of skills and understanding in sport, as well as an understanding of how it fits into the wider community. You will be introduced to the exciting and fascinating world of sports coaching and provided with the key skills and experience expected by industry. The programme provides students with the opportunity to develop a wide range of sports coaching and instructing skills whilst at the same time developing their knowledge of the key underpinning scientific principles that support practical performance.

Some elements of this programme will be delivered at our Hadlow College Campus.


Applied Sports Coaching (15)
The Evolution of Sports Development (15)
The Sport and Leisure Industry (15)
Sport and Exercise Psychology (15)
Nutrition for Sport and Exercise (15)
Personal and Professional Development (15)
Injury Prevention and Treatment in Sport and Exercise (15)
Skill Acquisition in Sport (15)

Progression routes / leaving destinations

There is an option to progress to a one-year full-time HND after successful completion of the one-year HNC course. YEAR 2 - LEVEL 5 (HND) Research Project (15) Principles of Sport Coaching (15) Managing Sports Development (15) Anatomy and Physiology of Sport and Exercise (15) Biomechanics for Sport (15) Industrial Experience (15) Analysis of Sports Performance (15) Physical Education (15)

The programme is aimed at individuals who are seeking employment in the sport industry or who are looking upskill their current practice and wish to enhance their career prospects.

As well as developing technical skills, you will acquire presentation skills and develop critical writing skills via academic writing and blogging. You will develop the ability to work confidently on your own and as a member of a team. Throughout the programme you will not only receive staff input but you'll be expected to contribute to critiquing sessions and seminars where you can exchange ideas and support your peers at regular intervals. Most importantly the programme will provide you with the opportunity to build the all-important portfolio of work and experience that will represent your skills and learning and demonstrate your ability to enter industry or progress to further study.

The programme is staffed by highly qualified, experienced tutors and who have industry experience. You will benefit from an excellent ratio of staff to students, meaning that personal support is regularly available. Your work will be assessed continuously throughout the course. This occurs via practical sessions, presentations, written reports, poster presentations etc. There are no exams for this programme. Practical workshops, lectures and seminars are a key feature of higher level study and you will be expected to attend and participate in these activities. You will be given ongoing, regular feedback to assist your decision-making and to support the direction of your work.

The programme typically involves an average of 11 timetabled hours over two/three days per week during term time. This is a full-time programme and you will be expected to dedicate approximately 20 hours per week to self-directed studying/coaching to carry out research and assignment work outside of timetabled classes.

Applications should be made through UCAS. Following receipt of your application, you will be invited to an interview to assess your suitability for the programme. We will also consider your application form, including your personal statement and reference, and the entry requirements when making a decision.