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BTEC Higher National Diploma Sport

Two Year Course

Course Content

This course provides an excellent preparation for the many career opportunities available in the sports industry. It combines the study of essential sports science principals with the opportunity to take coaching awards in a number of specialist activities.  

Year 1

  • Coaching and Activity Management

  • Human Anatomy and Physiology

  • Practical Sports Studies 1

  • Principles of Fitness 1

  • Psychological Aspects  of Sports Performance

  • Research Design

  • Socioloyical Aspects of Sports

  • Sport, Diet and Nutrition


Year 2

  • Biomechanics

  • Contemporary Issues

  • Practical Sports Studies 2

  • Principles of Fitness 2

  • Project

  • Psycholoyical Aspects  of Sports Coaching

  • Sport and Excercise Physiology

  • Statistics

Recreational practicals are available during both years in the following sports: Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Football, Golf, Hockey, Netball, Rugby, Swimming and Ultimate (Frisbee).  

Method of Assessment

Assessment is through examinations, phase tests, oral presentations, group projects and individual sports activities. 

Entry Requirements

In association with De Montfort University the College offers four Higher National Diplomas (HNDs). These Are listed in the UCAS handbook under the University's ''table of associate and linked colleges and campuses" (see DEM D26, Campus code Z). An additional HND in Travel and Tourism is offered through a consortium arrangement. 

  • HND business and Finance UCAS Course Code - 105G

  • HND Computing UCAS Course Code - 421N

  • HND Health and Care UCAS Course Code - 006B

  • HND Sport UCAS Course Code - 045L

  • HND Travel and Tourism Contact Student Services for UCAS Code

To apply for HND courses applicant should normally meet one of the following criteria:

  • 1 Possess an appropriate BTEC National Certificate, National Diploma, Advanced GNVQ or equivalent qualification.

  • 2 Have studied two subjects to A level with a pass in at least one subject and four passes at GCSE level (grade 'C' or above), preferably including English and Maths.

The College also welcomes applications for HND programmes from mature students (candidates aged 21 and over at commencement of their course) who are unable to meet normal entry requirements but who have relevant previous experience.
Applications for these courses should normally be made through UCAS. However, if
you require assistance please contact the Head of Student Services on 01476 400249.


Students who have successfully completed this course can choose to continue their studies by transferring onto the second year of a relevant degree course, such as Sport Science, Physiotherapy or Teaching. Alternatively they can enter employment in the leisure industry or the uniformed services.

(This course is subject to validation)