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Course summary

The purpose of BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the Sport sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to higher education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them. If you’re looking to go into any career in sport, this broad higher national degree course is for you. The programme emphasises linking theory to practice and provides many opportunities for students to apply their skills in real world contexts. You will develop your employability and gain skills and understanding in a range of sporting and leadership disciplines. Through studying this course, you will: Develop the skills to work in professional sporting environments; Work with adults and young people while building a better understanding of how sport is used within the community; Develop your technical, as well as practical, understanding of sport; Build upon scientific and sociological principles; Develop highly employable skills such as communication, organisation and leadership; Benefit from our organisations variety of sport facilities and opportunities. We have close links with local sports clubs and partnerships, providing you with excellent opportunities to gain hands-on, industry experience. Supported by staff you’ll develop a strong evidence-based approach to coaching. Holders of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport will have developed a sound understanding of the principles in their field of study and will have learned to apply those principles more widely. They will have learned to evaluate the appropriateness of different approaches to solving problems. They will be able to perform effectively in their chosen field and will have the qualities necessary for employment in situations requiring the exercise of personal responsibility and decision-making. On successful completion of the Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport, students can develop their careers in the Sport sector through: ● Entering employment ● Continuing existing employment ● Linking with the appropriate Professional Body ● Linking with the appropriate National Governing Body certificates ● Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) ● Progressing to university. The Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport is recognised by higher education providers as meeting admission requirements to many relevant Sport related courses, for example: ● BA (Hons) Sport Development & Coaching ● BA (Hons) Sport & Fitness Studies ● BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Studies ● BSc (Hons) Sports Studies ● BA (Hons) Sports Management ● BA (Hons) in Outdoor Education and Leisure. Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers. After completing a Pearson BTEC Higher National Certificate or Diploma, students can also progress directly into employment


During your time of with us, you will study, Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health; The Sport Landscape; Project Management; Activity Leadership; Nutrition; Anatomy & Physiology; Technology in Sport and Work Exposure.

How to apply

This course is not accepting applications from students requiring a Student visa. For more information, please contact the course provider.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

New College Swindon is a licensed sponsor under the Student route. Please email [email protected] for details

Entry requirements

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English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)5.5No less than 5.5 in reading, writing, speaking and listening.

Unistats information

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £7000 Year 1
Northern Ireland £7000 Year 1
Scotland £7000 Year 1
Wales £7000 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note: Tuition fees are published for the first year of entry only and may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by the Office for Students. *Fee information for European Union (EU) students: If your course starts on or after the 1st August 2021, you will no longer be eligible for financial support from Student Finance England unless you meet one of the following criteria: you are able to benefit from the citizens’ rights agreements you are an Irish national living in the UK or Republic of Ireland – benefits of Irish nationals under Common Travel Area guidance arrangement will continue
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