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Entry Requirements

Successful completion of Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate Qualification. If completed at an external college than it is important that Units meet Uxbridge College Delivery.

Successful DBS clearance.

Who is the course for

This course is for passionate sports students looking to continue their academic pathway following after successfully completing a Level 4 HNC qualification.

This course aims to further enhance students sports coaching knowledge and ability, helping others discover the joy of sport or working with athletes to maximise their performance. This course will equip you with the theoretical and practical expertise to become a dynamic and innovative coach in this rapidly expanding sector.

With an industry-relevant curriculum, opportunities to gain national governing body coaching awards whilst you study and a range of work-based learning opportunities provide the perfect platform for your next step in the coaching world.

Course Content

The course consists of 8 modules which include;

  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
  • Principles of Sport Coaching
  • Managing Sports Development
  • Work Based Experience
  • Sport and Society
  • Training and Fitness for Sport and Exercise
  • Research Project
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise.

The students will conduct 20 hours of work experience with a chosen employer linked to the Sports Coaching Industry.

Teaching hours are 16.5 Hours per week with students expected to complete a minimum of 20 Hours independent study per week. Students will be required to complete 75 hours work experience which is assessed as part of the Work Experience module (semester 1).

The students will be expected to attend 3 seminars within the year which are delivered by Sports Coach UK and will receive a certificate of attendance. Each seminar is located at Uxbridge College and will be for a period of 5 hours each.

Where next - Further Studies

Students have the opportunity to continue their studies at Brighton University to achieve their BA (Hons) Degree in Sports Coaching. Students will need to complete the full UCAS application process during their HND study year and full interview will be conducted.

Alternatively, students can apply for a selection of 3rd year Top-Up courses to achieve their BA (Hons) which are available throughout the U.K. UCAS application process will need to be completed, meeting all deadlines.

Where next - Job Opportunities

Students will have the opportunity to work with specific Sports Coaching and Development businesses. Opportunities are available for students to work with PSD (Primary Sports Development) following successful completion of the Higher National Diploma course.

More Information

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: C600

Last updated: 18 January 2018

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 Mon 03 September 2018

Starts: 03/09/2018

Duration: 32 Week(s)

Where: Uxbridge Campus

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