Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Sport (Community Sport & Physical Activity)
GCSE English and maths at grade C (grade 5/4) or above (or equivalent) and a UCAS Tariff score of 48-64 from a full Level 3 qualification such as BTEC, A Level or an Access course in Sport.
All students who are non-native English speakers and who have not undertaken their final two years of schooling in English, must demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 or equivalent.
Who is the course for
The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Sport are aimed for students keen to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of Sport and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Sport.
In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of the Sport, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.
- Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health (core Unit – mandatory)
- The Sport Landscape (core Unit – mandatory)
- Project Management (Pearson-set) (core Unit – mandatory)
- Activity Leadership (specialist Unit – mandatory)
- Inclusive Sport (specialist Unit – mandatory)
- Nutrition (mandatory)
- Anatomy and Physiology (mandatory)
- Work Exposure (mandatory)
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 FA level 1 qualification (or similar coaching qualification within your chosen sport), SAQ training Award and visit the Body Pro Exhibition to see the world of Personal Training and Health and Fitness from a Business perspective. To enhance your coaching CV, you will also conduct 3 UK Sport Workshops throughout the year (Linked to Sports Coaching Modules) which are led by Sports Coach UK relating to recent topics in the industry.
Practical coaching delivery, lectures, group work, research tasks, presentations and workshops.
16 hours classroom time per week with lecturer (This will consist of supervised lessons conducting theoretical classes – Google Classroom is used to support learning).
18 hours independent study per week (This will consist of research tasks for following lectures, assignment tasks, Journal research and professional development – external coaching hours).
How is the course assessed
Assessment is through a series of assignments, including practical delivery, written assignments, group work and presentations. The course includes both practical and theoretical elements and is currently delivered over three days a week. The assessments for seven modules are developed by the teaching staff to ensure up to date industry standards are applied to each task. Project management module is a Pearson set assignment.
The assessments within the course are 80% coursework which vary from presentations, reports, leaflets, posters or portfolios. Assessment of practical coaching delivery (20%) is conducted throughout the course. Our College works closely with local organisations such as Chelsea Football Club, DASH (Disability Association Hillingdon), 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
Upon completion, students can enrol onto a Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport (Community Sport & Physical Activity).
Following this, opportunities to complete full BSc (HONS) degrees are available with links with University of Brighton and other surrounding Universities that offer a further two years / final third year of study to achieve a full BA (HONS) Degree.
The course allows students to access 1 year top up courses to achieve a full undergraduate degree. 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.
Previous students have continued onto a Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport and have coached at Camp America and within Primary Schools within the United Kingdom.
Please click here for the Course Handbook – containing full course details plus information on
- Assessment and grading
- College rules and resources
- Student support and representation.
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).
Please click here to view the Terms and Conditions for our HE students.
UCAS code: C612
Last updated: 9 May 2018
- Home student: £5,605
- Overseas student: £7,310
The fees quoted are for home and overseas students for one year of study and include tuition, exam fee, materials, ID card (which gives access to the college and facilities e.g. library) and college registration.
Whether you pay a 'home' or 'overseas' fee depends on whether you meet certain criteria. Uxbridge College does not create the criteria for fee status. The fee status criteria is provided in regulations and guidance, published by the government.
Please click here for information on the conditions you need to meet to be entitled to pay tuition fees at the 'home' rate for study on a Higher Education (HE) course at Uxbridge College. This information is only a summary.
If you are unsure about your status you should contact the Careers Team at Uxbridge College or please click here to complete the Fees Assessment Questionnaire and return it to the address given on the form. The UK Council for International Student Affairs (UKCISA) also has information about residency for international students.
How to Apply
All applications for HND courses are through UCAS (Universities and College Admissions Service). For an application pack, contact UCAS on 01242 227788 or visit www.ucas.com
For information and advice from the College you can also make an initial application by clicking the Apply Now button below. Our Careers Team can provide you with support and advice to help you through the UCAS process.