Higher National Diploma
This course is for students looking to develop a career in sport. It will be focused on skills knowledge and experience needed to make a successful career in the sports industry. Students will be expected to gain practical coaching experience during the course.
The HNC Course is a BTEC modular course with the HNC running for one year looking at core units of Applied Sports Coaching, The Evolution of Sport Development and the Sport & Leisure Industry as well as topics such as Managing Resources in Sport & Leisure Management.
The HND course either builds on the knowledge learnt on the HNC as the same modules are studied or is a two year course in its own right. The HND is a level 4 course in the first year before progressing onto a higher level of study, Level 5 in the second year. Level 5 is the equivalent of a typically second year undergraduate programme. The core modules include those of the HNC in addition to Event Management , an in depth Research Project and a Personal / Professional Development Module.
We honour the importance of a realistic balance between the focus on both your educational development and industry experience. The work experience element of the Higher National Diploma in Sport: Coaching and Sports Development, will equip you with the employability skills to develop a career in the sport of your choice, with the potential to continue study to a Level 6 Honours Degree. During your time on the programme their will be unique opportunities available to learners to work for RUFC in the community and with their senior teams focusing on the areas of performance analysis, coaching and media. Details of these will be released shortly.
1 or 2 years
Applicants will normally need to have gained 120 UCAS tariff points from; a BTEC Level 3 qualification or a GCE ‘A’ level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one subject.
In addition, 4 or 5 GCSE grades at A* to C or equivalent, including English and Maths.
Other related level 3 qualifications, or an Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience would also be considered. As part of the application process, there will be an interview on a one to one basis.
On successful completion of Years 1 and 2, students will be awarded the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport which is equivalent to 3 A Levels. On completion of the two years students will be able to progress onto the RUFC Academy HND programme – link to HND course info
The BTEC Level 4 HNC Diploma in Sport is a qualification with a minimum of 120 credits (It can stand alone or act as the first year for the two year HND Course)
The BTEC Level 5 HND Diploma in Sport is a qualification with a minimum of 240 credits.
Structure of the Edexcel BTEC Level 5 HND in Sport (QCF).
- Applied Sports coaching
- The Evolution of Sports Development
- The Sport and Leisure Industry
- Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Well Being
- Work-based Experience
- Managing Resources in Sport and Leisure Management
- Skill Acquisition in Sport
- Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
- Research Project
- Principles of Sports Coaching
- Managing Sports Development
- Nutrition for Sport & Exercise
- Event Management in Sport & Leisure
- Field Based Fitness Testing for Sport & Exercise
- Personal & Professional Development
- Analysis of Sports Performance
The course is validated by Pearson BTEC
Fees for an 1819 start date are yet to be released however course fees for 1617 were £6000
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- These downloadable guides include information on:
- Money you may be entitled to
- How and when your money will be paid
- Repayment examples an example of repayments rates for when you earn above the threshold after graduating.