Where will this course lead?

The Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science is an ideal qualification for people who aspire to work in the health and fitness industry, sports coaching or education. The two year programme provides enthusiastic individuals with the opportunity to study a broad range of core and optional modules, which have been designed to enable a multidisciplinary study of sport and exercise science at higher level, which will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of how scientific methods and principles are applied within the study of sport and exercise.

What will I study?

The course combines theoretical study with the practical applications that are required in the field of sport and exercise science. You will gain a scientific understanding of core principles in human physiology, psychology, and biomechanics for the purposes of supporting elite sporting performance. You will also get the opportunity for independent study in the dissertation module allowing you to devise and carry out research in your own area of interest.

Year 1 modules

- Sports Psychology
- A&P
- Professional Skills
- Training, Fitness, & Testing
- Biomechanics
- Injury  Prevention

Year 2 modules

- Research Project
- Sports Analysis
- Work Experience
- PE in schools/teaching practice
- Exercise Physiology
- Entrepreneurism in sport
- Psychology for performance

Whilst studying on this course you will also develop a multitude of skills that are academic, commercial, and vocationally sought after, such as laboratory-based skills, employability skills, research techniques.

How will this course be delivered?

The modules are delivered by specialist staff using a range of teaching techniques (lecturers, seminars, workshops, 1-1, practical's); the teaching and learning activities are designed to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills for success in either a subsequent higher education environment or in a variety of positions within sports science. 

What qualifications will I get?

In order to achieve your HND you must pass all aspects of the course; this will reward you with 240 credits. Failure to achieve the full 240 credits will result in modular accredited.

How will I be assessed?

Assessments are designed and delivered in the context of realistic workplace situations and might include a range from the following throughout the duration of the programme.

- Leading practical sessions (coaching, fitness/gym based, field-based and lab testing)
- Presentations
- Work-based learning
- Practical exercises
- Short tests
- Written reports and essays
- Project and dissertation

Each unit can be assessed at Pass, Merit or Distinction levels, which are combined at the end of the qualification to give an overall grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction for the qualification.

How do I get a place on the course?

All applications are through UCAS; upon completing your UCAS application, you will be invited for an interview. Places are offered by interview and upon meeting the entry requirements.

INSTITUTION CODE: S26 (Solihull College & University Centre)
CAMPUS: Blossomfield Campus (Main Site)

What are the entry requirements?

A minimum of 112 UCAS tariff points from a full Level 3 qualification in a relevant subject area

GCSEs at grades A* - C including Maths, English and science

Mature applicants with relevant experience who do not have the stated entry requirements are encouraged to apply. (E.g. L2 Fitness Instructor; Level 3 Personal trainers)

Students with an existing Level 4/5 qualifications may be eligible for some accreditation for prior learning which can be discussed on an individual basis.

What else do I need to know?

There is a large element of vocational learning and during your first year you are required to undertake a two week work experience placement, in a sports specific industry ideally linking to your career aspirations.

Attendance on a variety of trips may be a compulsory part of the course and students will be required to pay the associated fees.

You also have the opportunity to gain additional professional qualifications including Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing, First Aid in the workplace and National Governing Body coaching qualifications.

Photocopying and printing costs - Costs depend on the direction and ambition of your work. We suggest budgeting approximately £250-£300 for materials and work-books in the first year.

What can I do after this course?

On completion of the programme you may progress to employment or continue onto our BSc (Hons) in Applied Sport Science (Oxford Brookes).

Careers of our alumni students

- Sports Teachers - Primary, Secondary and Further Education
- Sports Coaching - working within a variety of coaching environments, County Sports Partnerships or running their own coaching business
- Sports Development - working for National Governing Bodies
- Sports Strength & Conditioning Coach
- Performance Analysis
- Health and Well Being Officer
- Fitness Consultancy


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