HND Sport (full-time)
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Sep 2020
Full-Time HE
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Delivered at Wiltshire College & University Centre's 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?

After completing these 2 years, students will gain a Higher National Diploma (HND) in Sport and students may choose to continue onto a third year to give them the opportunity to achieve a full Honours degree.

The course typically includes modules in the following subjects:

Year One:

  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
  • The Sport Landscape
  • Project Management
  • Inclusive Sport
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Technology in Sport

Year Two:

  • 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.

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
  • 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
  • Other related Level 3 qualifications
  • 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:

  • Coursework
  • Individual and group based project work
  • Practical investigations
  • Group and individual presentations
  • Work experience log books
  • Reflective accounts
  • Portfolios

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, accredited by Pearson.

Additional costs and information

Students may be required to attend an interview and are welcome to apply for this programme through UCAS.

The cost of this programme is £5,300 per year (£11,500 per year for international students).

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?

The Higher National Diploma allows students to specialise by committing to specific career paths and progression routes to degree level study.

On successful completion of the HND, students can develop their careers in the sport sector through:

  • Entering employment
  • Continuing existing employment
  • Linking with the appropriate Professional Body
  • Linking with the appropriate National Governing Body certificates
  • Committing to Continuing Professional Development (CPD)
  • Progressing to university

The level 5 Higher National Diploma is recognised by Higher Education providers as meeting admissions requirements to many relevant sport related courses.  For example:

  • BA (Hons) Sport Development and Coaching
  • BA (Hons) Sport and Fitness Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Physical Education and Sports Studies
  • BSc (Hons) Sports Studies
  • BA (Hons) Sports Management

Students should always check the entry requirements for degree programmes at specific Higher Education providers.

After completing an HND, students can also progress directly into employment.