The Higher National Diploma in Sports Science is designed to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills required for successful employment or progression to an undergraduate degree. Learners receive initial guidance on how to identify, locate and use material available in the Library and Resource Based Learning centre. Reading lists are provided to students during the introduction of each module of the course.
The qualification has been designed to meet the major functions in Sports Science . The course is designed to meet the following aims:
To contribute to widening participation in education within the region.
To provide a foundation in higher education for a range of careers in the appropriate field.
To develop confidence and self-esteem among mature learners.
To enable learners to make a contribution in employment.
To provide flexible and challenging curricula as a basis for future studies and career development.
To provide an educational experience to enable learners to develop skills, knowledge and understanding of the subjects.
To develop learners' abilities by utilising the knowledge and applying the skills they have acquired in the programme.
To meet the demand of learners for progression from further to higher education.
To use student and employer feedback to influence continuous improvement of all programmes.
To provide a nationally recognised qualification relevant to the learner's career aspirations.
To develop and enhance lifelong learning skills.
To study the HND two year programme you need to hold one of the following Level 3 qualifications: GCE 'A' level (grade E minimum) in Sport or other relevant subject area. BTEC National Diploma in Sport or equivalent in an appropriate subject area.
To study the HND one year programme you need to have completed the HNC in Sport (Health, Fitness and Exercise).
Prior to enrolment on this course, you will need to have an Initial Assessment in Literacy and/or Numeracy. This will ensure that you are enrolled on the right level of course to succeed and help us to identify and provide any support that you might need. You will be contacted and given a date to come in to do your assessment.
Classes are a combination of formal lectures, discussion, group work, tutorials and practical workshops. Throughout the student is encouraged to undertake independent reading/research to supplement and consolidate what has been taught/learned and to broaden their understanding of the subject. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:
Unit 1 – Anatomy for Sports and Exercise Science
Unit 5 – Research Project
Unit 6 - Nutrition for Sport and Exercises
Unit 7 – Training and Fitness for Sports Science
Unit 21 - Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Well being
Unit 41 - Health Promotion
Optional Modules include:
Unit 4 - Biomechanics
Unit 9 - Principles of Sports Coaching
Unit 24 – Employability Skills
Unit 25 - Work based Experience
Unit 33 - Functional Exercise Physiology
Unit 36 - Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Unit 37 - Sport and Exercise Rehabilitation
A variety of teaching methods, are included, aimed at developing the student’s cognitive skills, particularly discussions and group work. Many group exercises involve problem solving techniques and the application of theoretical work covered in formal lectures.
*Optional modules subject to change
How to apply
If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:
15 January*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!
You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.
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This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
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