Course Type / Attendance

Full Time, Part Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services

Start Date


Course Length

1/2 Years - FT/PT




Adult, Higher Education



Course Level


Award to be received


Regulatory Body


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Who is this course for?

This course is for people who want to develop their interest in sport to a higher academic level.

You might be a voluntary coach wanting to take your hobby to the next level or you might be working full time in the sport sector and want to boost your career prospects.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need to have at least 48 UCAS points. If you are a mature student without a Level 3 qualification you’ll need to have some experience in sports coaching. It is desirable to have a GCSE/Level 2 Maths and English. You’ll also need to gain DBS Clearance.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course covers the following key areas:

  • Evolution of sports development (core)
  • The sports and leisure industry (core)
  • Anatomy and physiology for sport and exercise (optional)
  • Nutrition for sport and exercise (optional)
  • Skill Acquisition in sport (optional)
  • Sport and Exercise for specific groups (optional)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (option)
  • Applied Sports Coaching (core)

How you will learn

The course is a combination of practical, theory and individual studies. As well as developing your practical coaching skills in the sports hall and your knowledge of coaching and development in the classroom, you will be asked to plan, implement and review the personal developments that you would like to see happen over the duration of the course.

Your assessments will take place in a variety of formats ranging from exams, essays, reports and practical assessments. Throughout your course your studies will include lectures, seminars and practical lessons.

Where could this course take you?

This course can allow you to progress to a full HND in your second year at Sunderland College. If you choose to complete the HND you can then further progress to a 3rd year with access to a top-up year at university and gain a BSc (Hons) Degree in Sport or Sport Development and Coaching.

You can also apply the knowledge back into the industry as a participation coach or local sports development officer.


What costs will you incur?

2020 Tuition fee: £5,999 per year

Other course costs:

DBS is compulsory and current fee is £44.

Printing for your course – you will receive £30 credit for printing which will be paid in three instalments of £10 per term. Any printing requirements in excess of this can be purchased.

You will be expected to provide your own pens, paper, and folders.

It is optional to purchase College sports kit.

You may choose to purchase books from the recommended reading lists however the College Learning Centre have an excellent range of all books suggested within your units studied.
You will also have the option to take part in additional qualifications such as coaching awards which may incur further costs, depending upon the level of the qualification the price will vary.

If a copy of programme specification is required please email