HNC in Sport & Exercise Science
(Coaching Science)

The Pearson accredited Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science offers students an introduction to the subject area using core modules of learning. 

Students gain a wide range of sector knowledge tied to practical skills in research, self-study, directed study and workplace scenarios.

HNC Programme Overview

Start Date: October 2022

Course Type: Full time

Course Duration: 1 Year

Location: Various - Click below

2022-23 Fees:


Additional fees

Travel to centres £125

DBS, if application £56


Most UK students are eligible to apply to Student Finance England for a loan to cover the cost of tuition. 

Learn more about Loans & funding

What will I study? 

HNC Modules (120 credits) include: 

Semester 1 (all 15 credits)

  • Unit 2 - Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Unit 3 - Anatomy & Physiology

  • Unit 4 - Professional Skills (Person Set)

  • Unit 5 - Coaching Practice & Skill Development

Semester 2 (all 15 credits)

  • Unit 1 - Nutrition

  • Unit 6 - Training, Fitness, Testing

  • Unit 11 - Injury Prevention

  • Unit 12 - Community Coaching

Entry Requirements

Learners who have studied in/are based in England:

96 UCAS Points

plus GCSE English & Maths (grades 4-9)

or Access to Higher Education Certificate

Learners who have studied in/are based in Scotland:

96 UCAS points. Learners are required to complete three to five Scottish Highers:

A = 33 UCAS Points

B = 27 UCAS Points

C = 21 UCAS Points

D = 15 UCAS Points

In addition National 5 (N5) A-C for English & Maths or Maths or equivalent are required. 

Qualification & Regulation


Level 4 BTEC Higher National Certificate in Sports Coaching and Exercise Science (Coaching Science)


All UCS courses, delivered in partnership with Activate Learning and UCC are regulated by The Office for Students, which reports to Parliament through the Department for Education. 


Course Progression:

Further Study at Level 5, including HND Sports Coaching & Exercise Science (Coaching Science)

Career Opportunities:

UCS Students gain the skills, knowledge and aptitude needed for a successful career in sports development, health clubs, fitness clubs, sports centre management and sports coaching.

Many students gain employment in sports coaching, management and development roles with professional clubs, National Governing Bodies, and other sports organisations. 

Work Experience

Government surveys show 75% of students believe work placements provide them with increased confidence and skills. 

During the HNC qualification,

students typically have two days of lectures and seminars along with at least one day per week of work experience, although the latter is not a requirement of the programme. 

Our exclusive relationships with professional sports industry partners mean that this work experience provides a valuable advantage, particularly when it comes to applying for a job.

How to Apply

Apply through UCAS

All full time applications are through UCAS. The service costs £24 for a multi and £13 for single applications. You can find out more and sign up here.

You will also need the unique "course code" for your programme and location. Available here

For Activate Learning UCAS page Click Here

For UCC UCAS page Click Here

To Apply Direct

Get in touch and a member of our admissions team will be in contact to discuss next steps. 

Blended Learning

All UCS programmes are delivered through a blended learning approach.

This consists of 80% online module delivery and 20% face to face learning, allowing for streamlined group interaction, as well as assessment of practical skills such as coaching, training, performance and fitness testing.

The blocks of practical learning may not be at your home campus. 

They take place at designated UCS campuses. Attendance at these sessions is compulsory, and the options available are discussed during the application process. 

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