Sports and Fitness

HND Sport in Coaching & Development, Level 5

Course overview

Do 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 or provides a natural progression onto the third year for a number of sports courses.

The HND Sport (Coaching and Development) is offered on a full-time basis. 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 students to earn whilst they learn. The course is delivered through seminars, lectures and practicals, representing a theory to practical model, with the opportunity to apply
new skills in work experience completed in the sport industry. The HND provides a unique insight into the sport industry with a number of high profile guest lectures from professional athletes, and nationally recognised Sport Scientist such as the GB Boxing Performance Analyst. The course also includes trips to local universities, sporting events and Barcelona.

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. The combination of units have been chosen to feed into a number of relevant Top-Up Bachelor Degrees. In addition the course ensures students gain valuable experience in their chosen area of sport, with a unit integrating; Employability Skills and Work-based Experience. Students complete 60 hours of work experience in the sport industry during this course. Students also run training programmes, coaching sessions and community sport development projects that all contribute to valuable experience in the sport industry.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 48 UCAS points preferably gained in a sport and/or business related qualification e.g. BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Sport or A Level P.E. Level 2 (GCSE) maths and English Language are required.

Mature applicants with other qualifications or non-formal qualifications are welcome to apply, if they are over 21 years of age, 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.

The College has a commitment to widening participation in Higher Education, and will therefore give careful consideration to prior experiential learning, non-traditional qualifications and qualifications obtained outside of the United Kingdom.

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.

Field Based Fitness unit 8
Fitness testing in different sport and exercise environments is well-established. This unit gives learners the skills, knowledge and understanding to conduct field-based fitness tests and interpret the results. In this unit, learners will start by analyzing the concepts of reliability and validity of fitness assessment. These concepts are then applied to a range of fitness assessments. In addition to understanding the physiological basis of these tests, learners will consider the practicalities of the test protocols while gaining the practical skills and competencies required to perform these tests. At the end of the unit learners will be able to select and perform field based fitness tests and interpret the outcomes as part of a fitness profile.

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.