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This active and enjoyable course is designed to provide students with the knowledge and coaching skills for successful progression on to a Higher National Diploma in Sport, or a career in sports coaching or sports development.

The course involves the study of sports coaching theory and practice, nutrition, principles of fitness training, sport and exercise psychology, sports development, skill acquisition and a work placement.

Aimed at those who wish to start or further develop a career in sports coaching, students get hands on experience throughout this programme.

  • Equipping individuals with knowledge, understanding and skills for success in the coaching and sports industry
  • Enabling progression to an HND or degree in a related area of study or work
  • Developing a range of skills and techniques, personal qualities and attributes essential for successful performance in a coaching and sports development environment.

Entry Requirements

A Levels OR a BTEC Diploma in a related subject with grades worth 64 UCAS points or above. Students also need to have a qualification in Maths and English at Level 2 or be prepared to study these subjects alongside this programme. Students are expected to show an interest or experience within a relevant sport and/or exercise field.

All potential students are required to attend and successfully complete an interview with the programme team.

Those with non-standard qualifications are welcome to apply and will be expected to provide evidence of both interest and experience within a relevant sport and/ or exercise field along with an ability to meet the academic requirements of the programme through appropriate diagnostic assessment.


Learners will need some sporting ability, an understanding of the body and how it works, and what happens to the athlete both physically and mentally when things are going well and when they are going wrong


Pearson BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Sport


Students are continuously assessed by a variety of methods including assignments, project work, presentations, and in-class and practical activities. Learners will need to complete professional presentations and in depth analysis of activities. Your work will be assessed by your tutor against criteria set by the awarding body. Your work my also be checked by a representative of the awarding body.

Home Study

Students are expected to complete work outside of class time. This should be approximately 10 hours per week and will consist of reading, research, activities and written assignments.

Work Placement

Students are also expected to complete approximately 30 days of related work experience. This helps students understand the types of roles available in industry and the skills required to gain employment in the sector.


Successful students may progress on to HND or degree programmes in Sports or related subjects. They may also chose to gain employment within the leisure and sports industries.

Fees and Additional Costs

If you are over 18 there will be a registration fee of £200.00 if you have not previously registered with the exam board. Students are expected to participate in practical activities, attend sporting events and conferences which may incur an additional cost.

Additional Information

HNCL4SPORT 181901 September 2019 £2630.00 Apply Now

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