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1 year full-time (2.5 days), 2 years part-time (2 evenings)

Approval status

This course will run but is subject to minimum numbers

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English & Maths grade C or 4/5
  • Relevant Level 3 qualification, e.g. BTEC, UAL, A Level, Access to HE Diploma etc.
  • 48 UCAS tarrif points
  • Clear DBS check (where applicable)
  • Mature students may have commensurate work/business /industry related experience that may be considered

Not quite meeting the above entry requirements? Speak to us 01279 868100

Credit Transfer

Transfer of credit from another qualification is considered on a individual basis and will require an interview.

About the course

Passionate about a career in sport? This full-time qualification will equip you with the knowledge and skills you need for a successful career in the sport industry as a Practitioner, Manager or Coach. The curriculum will develop your knowledge and understanding, opening up a broad choice of career options.

Year 1 of this two year course is studied at Level 4 (HNC). Year 2 is at Level 5 (HND).

Why study?

Our staff have a wide range of experience in the Sport industry, which means that you will benefit from first hand expertise in sports such as hockey, track and field, kettle bells, fitness instructing, personal training, judo, and boxing. Staff teach, but also compete or work in the fitness industry, so they have first-hand work experience and expertise to share. We have well developed sporting networks and we can offer our learners work experience in an area of their choice.

BTEC is the world's most successful and best-loved vocational qualification brand and is renowned for engaging students in practical, interpersonal and thinking skills for more than thirty years.

BTEC Higher National qualifications are widely recognised by industry and higher education as the principal vocational qualification at Levels 4 and 5.

The qualification provides students with a clear line-of-sight to employment and to progression to a degree.

Where will this course take me?

You will have the opportunity to progress to year 2 or 3 of an Honours degree programme.
Career progression: Leisure Centre Manager, Sport Coach, self-employed in the fitness industry, sport development, recreation, Anatomy and Physiology or Nutrition.

The Edexcel BTEC HNC and HND in Sport and in Sport and Exercise Sciences offer progression routes to membership of The Institute of Sport and Recreation Management (ISRM) and the Institute for Sport, Parks and Leisure (ISPAL).

After the HND a Top-up to a full Degree may be possible. Check with Universities directly or the UCAS website.

After the HNC – you could ask to transfer to the second year of a degree. Again, contact the University's admission team direct after searching the course on the UCAS website. Or you could continue at Harlow College and complete your HND.

Core modules


Module Level Credit
Mandatory Core Units
Nutrition 4 15
Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology 4 15
Anatomy & Physiology 4 15
Professional Skills 4 15
Specialist Units    
Exercise Prescription 4 15
Physical education and school sport 4 15
Entrepreneurism in sport 4 15
Advanced coaching 4 15
Contemporary issues in coaching and work experience  4 15 


Mandatory Core Units    
Module Level Credit
14. Research Project 5 30

Specialist Units

Module Level Credit
18. Exercise Prescription 5 15
20. Health Community Engagement 5 15
22. Physical Education & School Sport 5 15
25. Work Experience 5 15
30. Entrepreneurism in Sport 5 15
33. Strength & Conditioning for Coaching 5 15
37. Sport Rehabilitation 5 15

*These modules may be subject to change

How much does it cost?


You may be eligible to a student loan to cover your fees and maintenance. This loan is available from the Government via Student Finance England. The website has full details and you can use their calculator to see what help you may be entitled to. 

If you have any questions our Admissions Advisers are on hand to offer financial advice and guidance. Please email:  or call 01279 868100

Included in the fee:

  • £10 free printing per year
  • All tuition and assessment

Not included in the fee:

  • Printing over £10
  • Cost of trips
  • Cost of residential visits
  • Basic stationery

*There may be additional costs for this course


The timetable should be available a month prior to commencement.

Teaching & Learning

Teaching will be a combination of individual, paired and group work. Assessment methods will vary for each module but will be a range of:

  • Written assessment
  • Presentations
  • Discussions
  • Practical assessments
  • Work based learning
  • Action research

Assessment & Feedback

The % of teaching and learning that is:

  • Coursework/written 70%
  • Practical 20%
  • Work based learning 10%

The % type of planned learning:

  • Independent study 20%
  • Planned hours face to face 80%

Assessment % how much is:

  • In year assessment/continuous 100%
  • Final assessment end loaded 0%

Types of assessment %:

  • Controlled assessment (open book or closed book)
  • Exam – written
  • Exam – multiple choice
  • Portfolio 70%                 
  • Practical piece 20%
  • Work based 10%

I'm interested. What should I do now?

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