HNC/HND in Sport & Exercise Science (Coaching Science)

The HNC and HND are made up of a series of modules. In each year you can expect to cover three of the following: 

  • Unit 1 Nutrition

  • Unit 2 Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Unit 3 Anatomy & Physiology

  • Unit 4 Professional Skills (Pearson Set)

  • Unit 5 Coaching Practice and Skill Development

  • Unit 6 Training, Fitness, Testing

  • Unit 12 Community Coaching

  • Unit 11 Injury Prevention

  • Unit 14 Research Project

  • Unit 15 Advance Coaching 

  • Unit 16 Performance Analysis

  • Unit 17 Talent Identification

  • Unit 25 Work Experience

  • Unit 37 Sports Rehabilitation

Y/616/0950 – Unit 1: Nutrition (15 Credits)

What's it about?

The aim of this unit is to equip you with the knowledge, skills and competencies to understand the nutritional composition of food and the effects of nutritional choices on the health of a person. You will gain knowledge of the importance of eating a balanced diet and the dangers associated with the consumption of a poor diet.

What do I learn?

You will be able to identify the main components of nutrition for optimal health and sports performance, explain the components of the digestive system and factors that affect optimal function, investigate the connection between food consumption and disease and explore a range of specific diets.

What’s the assignment?

There are three assignments; these include an individual presentation on the components of nutrition and two written reports on the digestive system and the connection between food and disease exploring a range of specific diets.

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K/616/1682 – Unit 2: Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

This unit will illustrate how psychological concepts underpin involvement in sport and exercise and to determine their impact on human behaviour. Evaluating how psychological theories and principles can influence participation in sport and exercise is a key responsibility of sport science practitioners.

What do I learn?

You will explore the innate characteristics which are seen as the basis for sport exercise behaviour and how the social environment influences the outcome of their participation. Topics included are motivation, self-confidence and self-efficacy, group processes and cohesion, leadership, models of exercise behaviour, exercise dependence and development of positive psychological wellbeing.

What’s the assignment?

There will be three assignments; the first assignment is a report demonstrating an understanding of theories and principles relevant to motivation and the effects of self-efficacy on sport and exercise participation. The second assignment will involve an individual presentation on group processes, cohesion, and leadership. The third assignment will involve designing an information booklet on the impact of sport and exercise participation on psychological wellbeing.

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D/616/0951 – Unit 3: Anatomy and Physiology (15 Credits)

What's it about?

This unit involves the study of the human body. Anatomy studies the structure of the human body while physiology is concerned with understanding its function. This unit will focus on the musculoskeletal and cardiorespiratory systems. If you are interested in careers such as personal training, performance analysis, coaching and physical education teaching this is a key unit in informing practice.

What do I learn?

You will gain knowledge on the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and understand how movement is produced, exploring the structure and function of the skeleton, bone growth, joints, types and structure of muscles.  You will also explore the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory systems and their role in exercise.

What’s the assignment?

There will be two assessments to complete. The first will be a written information guide on the structure and function of the skeletal and muscular systems. The second assignment will include an individual poster presentation on the structure and function of the cardiovascular and respiratory system.

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M/616/1683 – Unit 4: Professional Skills (Pearson-set) (15 Credits)

What's it about?

The aim of this unit is to support students in using and applying the knowledge and skills they have developed through other areas of their studies to complete and present an individual project. Developing appropriate professional skills is fundamental to becoming a sports scientist and will open up an array of career opportunities within sports science.

What do I learn?

You will be able to identify, define, plan, develop and execute a successful project by working through a clear process. This module will develop knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques necessary to carry out a Sport and Exercise Science-related research.

What’s the assignment?

The assignment for this module is set by Pearson but marked internally. Students will negotiate a project based around a theme identified by Pearson. The submission will involve the completion of a project file, a presentation and performance review.

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T/616/1684 – Unit 5: Coaching Practice and Skill Development (15 Credits)

What's it about?

This unit will provide you with the knowledge and understanding of coaching practice and the skill development associated with athletic performance. You will gain practical and technical knowledge to review the positives and negatives of coaching practices, various environments, utilising resources, developing skills and planning effective sessions.


What do I learn?

You will be able to explain the key principles of coaching practice and compare these in order to enhance athletic performance for a range of participants. You will investigate the coaching, teaching and learning styles used to develop a range of participants and reflect on delivered coaching sessions.

What’s the assignment?

There will be two assessments to complete. The first assignment will involve producing a written report on the key principles of coaching practice, the environmental factors impacting skill development and comparing coaching practice requirements for enhanced performance for a range of participants. The second assignment will involve producing a portfolio which investigates the coaching, teaching and learning styles used to develop a range of participants.

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A/616/1685 – Unit 6: Training, Fitness, Testing (15 Credits)

What’s it about?

Training, fitness, and testing can be applied within all areas of sport and exercise science because it examines the different fitness requirements of different sports, the different training methods that can develop these areas and the adaptations that occur within a team or individual as a result of these adopted methods. Understanding the principles of training is particularly important for many practitioners including sports therapists, sport and exercise scientists, coaches and personal trainers.

What do I learn?

You will be able to explain the principles of training and assess the fitness levels of different sport and exercise participants. You will learn how to plan safe and effective fitness training programmes and carry out these training programmes with sport and exercise participants.


What’s the assignment?

There will be two assignments. The first will involve producing a booklet which explains and applies the principles of training. The second assignment will require developing a portfolio of evidence which covers assessing fitness levels, along with planning and carrying out safe and effective fitness training programmes for sport and exercise participants.

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