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Higher Nationals in Sport (Coaching and Sports Development)

This course is designed for you if you would like to be involved with sports coaching and the fitness industry with an emphasis on key sports development concepts. The course aims to develop a sound understanding of the major theoretical and practical principles associated with working in the sports industry. A significant focus is placed on the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression.
If you are looking to pursue a career in the sports coaching or fitness industry or you are currently employed in a sports environment and wish to combine work with a study to develop your skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects then this course may be for you. This course will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with extensive sports and fitness coaching experience. Work placements are arranged during the second year of the programme to provide direct industry experience in an area of your choice, developing and enhancing your employment prospects.

Entry Requirements
You will need to be in some form of employment (albeit not necessarily paid) as many of the units will draw on your experience in the workplace.

You will typically have one of the following;
• A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
• A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
• Access to HE with relevant options
• Extensive relevant work experience - mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

If you do not hold GCSE maths and English at grade C (Grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National programme, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to university*.

On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

You will study a total of sixteen units throughout the two years (eight units in year 1 will equate to a HNC and the further eight units in year 2 will equate to a HND) for the BTEC HND Sport. Six mandatory units will provide a general foundation and ten specialist units will introduce you to particular sports coaching and development topics in more depth.

Units for the HNC include;
* Applied sports coaching
* Sport and exercise psychology
* Nutrition for sport and exercise
* The evolution of sports development

Units for the HND include;
* Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise
* Principles of sports coaching
* Work experience
* Sport and exercise rehabilitation

Assessment activities have been carefully designed alongside additional self-study/work-place study outside your taught sessions to make up a total of 21 hours per week on average.

Awarding Body
Pearson BTEC

The HNC is for one academic year which can be followed by the HND for a further academic year. You will be expected to attend lectures at Macclesfield College for a minimum of 12 hours each week with additional work placements.

Follow up courses/Progression
You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at year 2 or year 3 dependent upon the university and degree programme.
This course may help you to gain employment in a range of sports coaching and development based careers as well as the combination of the HNC year and the HND year will allow you to apply to complete a further 1-2 years in order to convert this qualification into a full degree at university. The year of entry is dependent upon the University and course you choose.

Course information code: SLT-01-17  

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