This course is designed to help you develop as a professional, self-reflecting individual in order to meet the demands of employers in the sport and exercise sector. You will become able to adapt to a constantly changing world, develop direct employability skills and specialise in coaching, whilst also exploring the broader principles of sports science.


  • HNC Full time: 1 year
  • HNC Part time: 2 years
  • HND Full time: 2 years
  • HND Part time 4 years

Contact Time (per week): 

  • Full time: 2 days
  • Part time: 1 day

• 96 UCAS points typically from A Levels or a Level 3 Diploma in Sport or equivalent, although students from other subject specialisms are encouraged to apply
• Mature students who may not have formal qualifications are encouraged to apply for an interview where you will be considered on your experience, enthusiasm and commitment

Year 1

  • Nutrition (Core)
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology(Core)
  • Anatomy and Physiology(Core)
  • Professional Skills(Core)
  • Coaching Practice and Skill Development(Core)
  • Training, Fitness and Testing(Core)
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health(Core)
  • Community Coaching (Optional)

Year 2

  • Research Project(Core)
  • Advanced Coaching(Core)
  • Performance Analysis(Core)
  • Talent Identification and Development(Core)
  • Exercise Prescription (Specialist)
  • Physical Education and School Sport(Optional)
  • Work Experience(Optional)

You will learn through a combination of independent and group activities including lecturers, seminars, trips, visits and work-related experiences.

Assessment is both formative and summative in nature and occurs at various points throughout the course, and includes: essays, practical performances, laboratory reports, research projects, case studies, portfolios, web-based presentations and data analysis.

There is significant breadth to this course that encompasses several potential career paths. With additional qualifications, you can potentially enter careers in: sport coaching, community sports leadership, performance development, leisure development, teaching or lecturing (PGCE required), sport and exercise science, PE teaching (PGCE required), and fitness and health.

Successful completion of this course will provide you with the qualifications required to ‘top-up’ to a full Bachelor’s Degree at a university of your choice in just one year. Acceptance on to these courses is at the discretion of the institution offering the top-up.

You will study at our Borderville Campus where you will benefit from state-of-the-art facilities to supplement your education, including a Sport Science Laboratory (with access to state-of-the-art equipment costing over £20,000), large wooden sprung sports hall and a new 3G sports pitch. As a Sport and Exercise Science student atUniversityCentre Stamford you will also benefit from our on-site gym ‘Stamford Fitness’ and receive discounted membership and fitness classes.

You will also have access to an Academic Support Tutor to assist you with your studies and Careers Advisors to help you with your future employment.

Work experience is fundamental in the development of effective practice in this sector. The engagement in work experience is therefore a critical part of this course and is actively encouraged within the units you will study. In your first year, the Professional Skills unit will develop your business skills, commercial skills, interpersonal and cognitive skills needed for successful employment. In your second year you will be required to engage in a minimum of 40 hours of placement within sport and exercise science or coaching.

‘I feel the course has benefited me in terms of extending my knowledge and understanding of sports and different subjects and issues surrounding the sports industry. I have thoroughly enjoyed the course and would highly recommended it to friends and family as well as others looking to obtain a foundation degree from a well organised and professional college. The level of support I have been given is fantastic and the lecturers are extremely knowledgeable. We have been assessed through a variety of assessment methods that have given me the skills necessary for a successful career. This programme will enable me to follow my career path into teaching, allowing me to top up to full BA (Hons), complete my PGCE, and become a PE teacher’. Ryan Lomas

‘I chose the course because I want a career in the sports industry. This course has been very beneficial and improved my understanding and knowledge of this diverse industry. New College Stamford is a very friendly college and is a good place to obtain a degree. The sport degree programme has been run and organised very professionally by highly qualified tutors who have direct experience of working as academics and out in the field as consultants, sports coaches and therapists. As such the lessons are very enjoyable, with the opportunity to engage with the tutors regularly, something I may not have got from University with hundreds of other students on one module. I have particularly enjoyed studying Anatomy and Sport and Exercise Psychology in years 1 and 2’. Laura Pike.

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For Admission

Department : Sport
Level : Level 4/5
Awarding Body: Pearson Edexcel
Starts : 09 September, 2019
NCS UCAS Code: N33
Course Code: HCSPEAP
UCAS Code: C601
Fees : £6,500 Per Year
Fees : £6500 per year (part-time £3250). Sports kit: £100 Trips and visits: £50

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