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Entry Requirements

GCSE maths and English at grade C or above (or equivalent), plus a UCAS Tariff score of 120-160 from a full BTEC Level 3 qualification such as BTECs, A Levels or an Access Course in Sport.

For further details on entry requirements, please see the Higher Education Guide 2015-16 on our website.

Who is the course for

The course is designed to provide the underpinning knowledge and practical experience to enable students to pursue further study and career opportunities in the field of Sports Coaching. Modules typically provide opportunities for learners to develop as potential sports practitioners in fields such as Sports Coaching, Strength and Conditioning and Sports Development. The course is designed for people candidates looking to study at University level and possibly complete a full BSc (HONS) degree at a partnered University over three years (2 Years Uxbridge study, 1 Year University Top-up).

Course Content

Course units include:

Year 1

  • Principles of sports coaching
  • The evolution of sports development
  • The sport and leisure industry
  • Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
  • Nutrition for sport and exercise
  • Training and fitness for sport and exercise
  • Sport and society
  • Work based experience

Further study at Level 5

Year 2

  • Research project
  • Applied sports coaching
  • Managing sports development
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Field based fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Analysis of sports performance
  • Physical education
  • Sport and exercise rehabilitation

All students are given the opportunity to undertake a period of work experience as part of their course of study.

During your study year there are many additional qualifications, trips and visits that are included within the course fees that help you learn outside of classroom settings & enable you to become more employable within the field of sport. Each year you will undergo DBS checks to ensure coaching can be conducted within external colleges and sport organisations. Within Year 1 you will complete YMCA level 2 Fitness Instructor Award (linked to Fitness Training Module), FA level 1 qualification (or similar coaching qualification within your chosen sport), and visit the Body Pro Exhibition to see the world of Personal Training and Health and Fitness from a Business perspective. Within Year 2 you will complete SAQ training Award & Vo2 Max Testing Days (linked to Field Based Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise), and conduct 3 UK Sport Workshops throughout the year (Linked to Principles of Sports Coaching).

Study Methods

Lectures, group work, assignments, presentations and workshops.

How is the course assessed

Assessment is through a series of assignments, including written assignments, group work and presentations. The course includes both practical and theoretical elements and is currently delivered over two days a week. Our College works closely with local organisations such as Queens Park Rangers Football Club, DASH (Disability Association Hillingdon), Blaze Netball Team, and Brunel Ducks Basketball Team to combine education alongside hands-on experience in a sporting context. By maximising the time in and out of the classroom students will have a chance to apply their knowledge to practice. By the end of the course students will have achieved a more in depth scientific understanding, relevant work experience and professional skills. Assessments mirror this approach with a wide variety of practical and theoretical methods employed.

Where next - Further Studies

The college is linked with University of Brighton and other surrounding Universities that offer a further two years / final third year of study to achieve a full BSc (HONS) Degree.

The course allows students to access 1 year top up courses to achieve a full undergraduate degree.

Where next - Job Opportunities

The course prepares students to enter the workforce with evidence of relevant experience, practical skills and intellectual knowledge related to sport and fitness. Employment opportunities include fitness instruction, personal training, coaching, sports science support, health promotion and sports development. Graduates can also progress to further study at masters’ level in sport or exercise-related areas.

More Information

Students will attend college for 16 hours per week over three days. Student are expected to complete approximately 18 hours per week of independent study (i.e. on research and completing assignments).

For further information please contact the Information, Advice & Guidance team on 01895 853333.

Last updated: 10 June 2016

How to Apply

All applications for HND courses are through Universities and College Admissions Service (UCAS). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit

For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Information, Advice and Guidance team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.

Uxbridge Campus: Course Starting Wed 28 September 2016

Starts: 28/09/2016

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

When: Monday-Friday 09:00 to 17:00