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September Level 4 Full-Time Bede Campus University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

The Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Community Coaching develops professional, self-reflecting individuals who are able to meet the demands of employers in the UK Coaching sector.
The qualification improves the career prospects of students, equipping them with the community coaching skills, knowledge and understanding necessary to achieve high performance in the UK coaching environment.
Upon completion of this 1 year course, students can progress to employment or progress to higher qualifications such as Higher National Diplomas in Sports Science (Coaching Science) or direct entry to the 2nd year of a honours degree programme in a related subject area.

56 UCAS points (or real world industry experience)
UCAS code: SPO3

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

Students will be taught by experienced lecturers, who all have subject specialisms and industry experience across the sport sector.

Teaching will take place in our state-of the-art Sports Academy facilities, which include a gym, digital exercise studio, sports hall, sports science laboratory, sports massage facility, outdoor pitches and Goals soccer centre.

Sessions will include seminars, workshops and practicals so that students can gain the knowledge, skills and experiences needed in this vibrant sector.

Students will be in smaller class sizes than the usual university class size - this is to enable a widening of access and support, which we feel is important for people entering into Higher Education for the first time.

Assessment will be from assignments for each of the 8 units. These assignments will be a mixture of practicals, observations, reports and presentations.

This course has been strategically put together with support from employers and previous students to create a pathway that enables students to advance into a number of different careers in sport coaching and sports and exercise science.

Our strong partnerships with employers is a unique selling point, as these partners are involved in course design and delivery, providing real-life approaches to assessments. For example, live briefs, masterclasses, being on presentation panels, etc.

This course is mapped to the occupational standards for Community Sports Coaching and therefore gives our students the exact knowledge, skills and experiences required for successful careers in the sector.

This is a full-time programme that is normally timetabled across 2 days per week. There will be a total of 12 hours per week of face-to-face delivery.

The BTEC HNC in Community Coaching for England maps into the occupational standards for a Sports Coach (Community Coach) and has been designed in collaboration with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Day time - students will usually attend college for 2 days per week.

The units taught on the HNC Community Coaching course are:

- Nutrition
- Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology
- Anatomy & Physiology
- Professional Skills
- Coaching Practice & Skill Development
- Training, Fitness, Testing
- Lifestyle Coaching
- Community Coaching


120 credits available at Level 4 (Year 1)

What’s next?

On completion of this course, you could progress to a career in community coarching in sport, or continue to study the Level 5 HND course.

Skills for employment

This course is a Higher Technical Qualification (HTQ), approved by the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education. HTQs are alternatives to apprenticeships or degrees, providing a practical and employer-led study programme. Our HTQ courses are approved against occupational standards set by employers to give you the skills and experience to start a career in your chosen field.

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