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Sport & Exercise Science HNC/HND

Course overview

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.


What Does The Programme Include

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

Entry Requirements

• 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

How The Course Will Be Assessed

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.

Fees, Finance & Funding

£6,500 per year (part-time £3,250). Sports kit: £100 Trips and visits: £50

Potential Future Career

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.

Course Content

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)

Work-based Learning

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.


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 at University Centre 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.



My tutors encouraged me to get real experience writing a sports column for the local paper, I now have a place on a Sports Journalism Degree at University.

Sarah Drew



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