West Suffolk College

Degree level: Undergraduate
Awarded by: Pearson Education Ltd

Sport and Exercise Science

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Course summary

The BTEC Higher National qualifications in Sport & Exercise Science are aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide-ranging study of the Sport & Exercise Science sector and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in Sport & Exercise Science. In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of Sport & Exercise Science, Pearson BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport & Exercise Science give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training. The overriding aim of the programme is to develop work related skills and knowledge of individual order to operate effectively, economically and currently within the sport and active leisure industry in a number of roles. The course aims to further up-skill learners to be able to be innovative and drive quality and change for personal aspirations and employer organisations with revised and additional approaches to work experience placements. In terms of coaching/education and instruction skills for performance versus skills for enabling and supporting participation, the course team have experience in both areas, but the ethos of the course will lean towards participation and inclusion. This program fills a niche within a market where institutions are flooded by provisions concentrating upon sports science disciplines aimed at delivering theory without a concentration upon the skills and understanding appropriate to the level jobs available within the market. This course has been planned to reflect the ‘dynamic’ nature of sport and physical activity by highlighting areas of change required to remain up to speed with this fast-paced industry.


1.Nutrition This unit aims to equip the student 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. They will focus on diet prescription for specific populations and gain an understanding of labelling systems and the pitfalls that can be associated with them. 2.Fundamentals of Sports Psychology The aims of this unit are to illustrate how psychological concepts underpin involvement in sport and exercise and to demonstrate their impact on human behaviour. Students will explore the innate characteristics which are seen as the basis for sport and exercise behaviour. Students will also develop an appreciation of how the social environment within which sport and exercise takes place influences the outcome of their participation. 3.Anatomy and Physiology This unit is designed for students wanting to gain knowledge of the anatomy of the musculoskeletal system and understanding how movement is produced. Students interested in careers such as personal training, physical education teaching, occupational therapy, coaching, exercise prescription and performance analysis would find this a key unit in informing their practice. 4. Professional Skills The aim of this unit is to develop students’ knowledge and understanding of the skills and techniques necessary to carry out Sport and Exercise Science-related research. Research in Sport and Exercise Science has global significance and is essential in influencing the development of high-quality participation and performance and, fundamentally, promoting the health and wellbeing of individuals all over the world. 5. Coaching Practice and Skill Development The aim of this unit is to provide students with the knowledge and understanding of coaching practice and the skill development associated with athlete performance. Students will engage in researching the impact of different coaching practices, working in various environments, utilising resources, developing skills and planning effective sessions. They will gain an understanding of the importance of developing sessions dependent on the group’s demographics. 6. Training, Fitness, Testing 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. 7. Lifestyle Coaching This unit enables students to develop knowledge and understanding of the theories, principles and skills required for successful lifestyle coaching. Students will examine theories of human intelligence and investigate individual behaviours and learning styles. They will enhance their communication skills through observation and powerful questioning. Students will broaden their coaching skills by learning models for change that will facilitate positive action. This unit will allow the student to develop insight into the different approaches to lifestyle coaching and to key systems and strategies used in coaching. 8. Community Coaching This unit challenges students to understand the different cultures and contexts in which sports coaches work, and to understand the role of policy and national governing body initiatives in shaping the pedagogic practice of coaches in the community. Students successfully completing this unit will be able to describe the political landscape of their local coaching environments and understand the challenges and mechanisms for adapting and redesigning sports activities and games to achieve wider outcomes for participants, governing bodies and sporting organisations.

Assessment method

Fully blended: Written assessment Presentations Practical delivery Timed assessments

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

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Tuition fees

England £6360 Year 1
Northern Ireland £6360 Year 1
Scotland £6360 Year 1
Wales £6360 Year 1

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Sport and Exercise Science at West Suffolk College - UCAS