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Bradford College

Higher National Certificate in Sport & Exercise Science

Subject Area
Sports & Fitness
Qualification Gained
Pearson BTEC Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Sport & Exercise Science
Study Level
University, Level 4
1 year Full-time, 2 years Part-time
Start Date
Study Mode
Full-time or Part-time


This course is aimed at those looking for a career in sports coaching, health and fitness, and the wider active leisure sector. The qualification will develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employment in the Sport & Exercise Science sector, with emphasis on excellent practical skill development alongside traditional underpinning knowledge. Students will work in practical, hands on environments with real clients, giving opportunity to master their skills and apply theory.
The course is developed with employers and provides accreditation to CIMSPA – the professional body for the sector. You will also have the opportunity to achieve industry recognised qualifications to further boost employability.

  Key Info

You will study a wide range of modules on the Sport and Exercise Science curriculum in a split of practical and theory modules, with a clear emphasis towards practical skill development. Learning will be supported by the Moodle Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) and be active, collaborative, and embed digital skills and learning methods at every opportunity. Assessment will be varied and aim to appeal to students strengths, with a mix of practical and theory assessment, with lots of on-going assessment to ensure students are fully prepared to achieve to their potential. Students will have the opportunity to:
  • Work with real clients and groups in a hands on way
  • Gain recognised industry qualifications
  • Work with experienced and passionate staff
  • Access a wide range of resources to support learning and assessment work
  • Visit industry settings and guest speakers
  • Complete work experience to aid employability
  • Expand practical skills at every opportunity
  • Build teamwork, communication, and other essential transferable skills for success in the industry.
Core units:
  • Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Professional skills
  • Biomechanics
  • Technology in Sport
  • Sports Massage

And a choice of:

  • Coaching Practice & Professional Skills OR
  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health

Entry to this course requires TBC UCAS points as well as GCSE Maths and English at a grade 4 or C or above.

Assessment will be through a range of methods, including: Written reports, essays, creation of planning documents, work-based projects, academic posters/displays/leaflets, PowerPoint (or similar) presentations, recordings of interviews/role plays, working logbooks, reflective journals, presentations with assessor questioning, and practical assessment.

You will complete a relevant industry work placement as part of the course.

Successful completion of this course can lead to progression to year 2: Pearson BTEC Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science Employment. You may also choose to progress to further study qualifications (Level 5 on to a BSc course). Potential careers include:

  • Sport Coach
  • Community Sports Leader
  • Performance Developer
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Therapist
  • Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician
  • Leisure Development Officer
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Armed Forces or Uniformed Services
  • Teaching or Lecturing (via a PGCE)
  • Sports & Exercise Scientist

Fees: TBC

This is representative of the most common fees scenario, but actual fees can vary depending on a number of factors. Please contact us if you need more guidance.

Disclaimer: Our prospectus, college documents and website are simply here to offer a guide. We accept no liability for any inaccurate statements and are not responsible for any negative outcomes if you rely on an inaccurate statement. We reserve the right to withdraw any programmes or service ay any time.

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