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HND Sport (full-time)

Key course information

Sport and Public Services


2 years

University Level


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Course Overview

Delivered at our Lackham campus, the purpose of Higher Nationals in Sport is to develop students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the sport sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. The qualifications aim to widen access to Higher Education and enhance the career prospects of those who undertake them.The Higher National qualification in Sport is aimed at students wanting to continue their education through applied learning. Higher Nationals provide a wide ranging study of sport and are designed for students who wish to pursue or advance their career in sport.In addition to the knowledge, understanding and skills that underpin the study of sport, Higher Nationals in sport give students experience of the breadth and depth of the sector that will prepare them for further study or training.

What will I learn?

The course typically includes modules in the following subjects:

Year 1
Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
The Sport Landscape
Project Management
Inclusive Sport
Anatomy and Physiology
Technology in Sport

Year 2
Research Project
Entrepreneurism in Sport
Sport, Health and Society
Performance Analysis
Personal and Professional Development
Work Experience
Event Management (Optional)*
Teaching Practice (Optional)*
Exercise Physiology (Optional)*
Managing a Sport Programme (Optional)*

Please note:

* You will be required to study one of the four Optional modules dependent upon student numbers.

Modules and course content are subject to change.

Entry Requirements

Although Pearson do not specify formal entry requirements for students who have recently been in education, the entry profile is likely to include one of the following:

A BTEC level 3 qualification in Sport or Sport and Exercise Science (or equivalent).

A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades A* to C (9 to 4 or equivalent) in subjects such as Maths and English.

An Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved Further Education institution.

Related work experience.

An international equivalent of the above.

Study, Assessment and Qualifications

Teaching and Learning

It is recognised that learners learn in a variety of ways and the teaching and learning on the programme will consider these special needs.

Students are encouraged to identify and with guidance to reflect on their own learning needs and are offered the following support as appropriate to meet those needs:
A course induction programme
Induction to learning resources
Individual tutorials
Learning agreement
Online resources
Study skills support
Access to college resources such as I.T. facilities and the Learning Resource Centre (LRC)
A Higher Education student handbook


A variety of assessment methods will be used on this programme to enable learners to meet the learning outcomes for the module such as:

Individual and group based project work
Practical investigations
Group and individual presentations
Work experience logbooks
Reflective accounts

Work Experience

Work experience is fundamental in the development of effective professional practice, learning and progression in this sector. Therefore, the assessment of learning on or through work experience is a key requirement of this qualification and should be actively encouraged / integrated as part of good practice.

On successful completion of this course, you will achieve an HND in Sport, awarded by Pearson.

Additional Costs and Information

You may be required to attend an interview.

You can apply for this programme through UCAS.

The UCAS institution code for this programme is W74.

The UCAS course code for this programme is 099C.

Click here for the programme handbook.

The Office for Students (OfS), the new independent regulator for Higher Education in England, has confirmed that Wiltshire College is successfully registered as a provider for Higher Education and that students are eligible for funding and student support from Student Finance England. Please visit for more information

What Could I Do Next?

On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses

Sport and Public Services

Career Opportunities

  • Coach/Instructor
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Scientist

  • Public Services
  • Border Force
  • Offender Management and Rehabilitation

The Sports Industry is worth £23.8 billion to the UK economy

There are an estimated 5.39 million people employed in the public sector

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