HND in Sports (Coaching & Development), Level 5

Course overview

You want to work in Sport, but not sure what area? This diverse course opens a number of doors for you in the sport industry and/or provides a natural progression onto the third year for a number of sport or sport & exercise science degree courses. This course will broaden your knowledge and apply practical skills in a realistic working environment in a number of areas in this industry.

The HND Sport at HoW College allows you to gain work experience within the course and earn whilst you learn due to the course structure and content. We understand what employers look for in the Sport industry and we have tailored the course to ensure you tick all the boxes they require.

The HND Sport is delivered out of our Redditch/Bromsgrove campus that provides state of the art facilities for sport students, including a new full size sports hall, a fitness suite, sports therapy clinic and a sport laboratory. The lecturers delivering the course are highly qualified with industry experience, and provide expert knowledge in their specific area. The course provides a number of exciting excursions including national stadiums, universities and live sporting events.

The full time course runs for three days a week for the first year, and then two days a week in the second year, allowing the students to earn whilst they learn. The course is delivered through seminars, lectures and practical’s, representing a theory to practical model, with the opportunity to apply new skills in work experience completed in the sport industry. The course covers a number of units, predominantly in the area of sport coaching and development; however the course also covers areas such as Performance Analysis and PE, opening further career paths.

Studying in a smaller cohort of students ensures that academic learning is supported by a personal tutor from the academic staff team. Subject specific learning advisers supplement the library and information technology facilities at the college.

In addition to the subjects named above the course ensures students gain valuable experience in their chosen area of sport, with a unit integrating Professional Development, Employability Skills and Work-based Experience, allowing students to complete 40 hours of work experience in the sport industry. The flexibility and the variety of areas covered ensure that on completion of the course you have an array of knowledge that will equip you for a variety of University courses and/or jobs in sport.

For any further information please contact the HoW Sports Team on 01527 572799 or email

Entry requirements

You will require 64 UCAS points or an equivalent Level 3 sport qualification and five A - C GCSEs including Maths and English.

Mature applicants with other qualifications or non-formal qualifications are welcome to apply and will be assessed on an individual basis and may be asked to complete a short task to demonstrate the required level of knowledge to meet the demands of the course.

All applicants will be asked to attend a formal interview to assess suitability and commitment to the programme of study.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed through written assignments, six week training/coaching programmes, individual projects, individual/group presentations and time constrained assessments. Your course leader will regularly arrange one to one personal progression tutorials and set agreed study targets. Alongside your assessments you will be required to produce a Personal Development Plan.

What can I do next

On completion of this course, you could progress onto the final year of a BA or BSC programme to convert your HND into a full honours degree. Previous students have moved on to local universities such as University of Gloucestershire, University of Worcester and Newman University.Alternatively you could choose a range of career paths including; Fitness Instructor, Sports Teacher, Sports Coach, Personal Trainer, Sports Centre Manager, Sports Development Officer, sport initiative programme coaching in the voluntary, public and private sector and charity trust sport campaigners.

Course Modules

Year 1

Applied Sports Coaching
This unit will give learners the chance to go through the full coaching process starting with the initial assessment of an athlete’s ability and ending with a player consultation at the end of the training programme. Practical sessions are required in this unit.

The Evolution of Sport Development
The unit starts with a historical view of sports development and gives an insight into the principles and concepts which have influenced its growth. It also highlights the growing influence of government in sports development.

The Sport and Leisure Industry
This unit gives learners an understanding of the sport and leisure industry, the environment in which it operates and its range, growth and development.

Sport and Exercise Psychology
This unit addresses key concepts in sport psychology that are relevant to
sports performance.
Whilst the focus of sport psychology is on performance in competitive sport, the focus of exercise psychology is on exercise/physical activity and the role exercise plays in establishing optimal mental health.

Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
An understanding of anatomy and physiology forms the basis for a number of other areas relating to training, fitness, fitness testing, physical activity and various therapeutic techniques. In this unit learners will study the structure and function of the human body systems (cardiovascular, respiratory and musculo-skeletal). This unit will provide you information that will support you on a sport science degree at university.

Training and Fitness for Sport and Exercise
In this unit there is a combination of both theoretical and applied learning contexts which will allow learners to examine traditional principles of training in a practical learning environment. Learners will also discover how to use essential practical techniques in training environments through investigating different training techniques.

Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Well-being
An understanding of the effects lifestyle can have upon health and how to improve the lifestyle of an individual is important to individuals working in the sport and fitness sector. This unit is particularly relevant for individuals wanting to work in health promotion and exercise and fitness instruction.

Sport and Society
Inequalities in society such as gender class and racial inequality are often
mirrored within sport.
In this unit, learners will have the chance to analyse these issues of inequality by
applying theory.

Year 2

Principles of Sports Coaching
In this unit learners will investigate different teaching, learning and coaching styles, the impact of each style on current coaching practice and ways they can be used to monitor and enhance athletic performance and success for a range of participants.

Managing Sports Development
This unit has a more practical inclination and will enable learners to evaluate what planning, resources and issues affect the management of sports development schemes, through running a six week programme in the community.

Physical Education
This unit introduces learners to current practice in physical education, including the national curriculum. It gives learners the opportunity to sample the vocational route to teaching physical education. This unit help learners progress on to PE degrees and PGCE’s in the future.

Work-based Experience/Employability skills
All learners at all levels of education and experience require honed employability skills as a prerequisite to entering the job market. This unit allows you to gain hands on experience in the sport industry that will increase your employability.

Analysis of Sport Performance
Learners will select a specific sport, depending upon their own areas of interest. They will learn about the performance demands of selected sport, including physiologically, tactically and psychologically. Learners will then assess the sports performance of an individual, they will identify appropriate tests and carry out these tests on the individual to analyse their sports performance.

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Start Date
September 2017

Qualifications / Level
Level 5

Study Type
Full Time

Redditch Campus

HE Fee Information
HE Financial Support

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