Higher Education

Overview

Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications have been well respected and recognised by employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor Degree. HNC qualification can be studied by those in employment for professional development to enhance their career prospects or Level 3, A Level and Access to Higher Education students can use this as an alternative path to gain higher education locally at lower cost.

This course is designed for you if you would like to be involved with sports coaching and the fitness industry with an emphasis on key sports development concepts. The course aims to develop a sound understanding of the major theoretical and practical principles associated with working in the sports industry. A significant focus is placed on the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression. If you are looking to pursue a career in the sports coaching or fitness industry or you are currently employed in a sports environment and wish to combine work with study to develop your skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects then this course may be for you. This course will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with extensive sports and fitness coaching experience. Work placements may be offered during the programme to provide direct industry experience in an area of your choice, developing and enhancing your employment prospects.

Entry Requirements

You will need to be in some form of employment (albeit not necessarily paid) as many of the units will draw on your experience in the workplace.

You will typically have one of the following;
• A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile
• A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above
• Access to HE with relevant options
• Extensive relevant work experience – mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply

and
• A* to C grade (Grade 9-4) in GCSE English and Maths – strongly recommended

If you do not hold GCSE Maths and English at Grade C (Grade 4-5) or above then it is strongly recommended that you study these before starting on a Higher National Certificate, both to support your study and to allow you to progress to higher education. On receipt of your application to study this course you will be invited to attend an admissions interview with a member of the teaching team to discuss the course and its requirements further.

Content

You will study a total of eight units throughout the HNC course. Three mandatory units will provide a general foundation and five specialist units will introduce you to particular sports coaching and development topics in more depth.

Core Units for the HNC include:
• Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
• The Sports Landscape
• Project Management (Pearson-Set)
• Plus five optional units

Note: Optional units may change to meet local employment need.

Assessment

HNC units are assessed internally. You will be graded for each individual unit with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. You may be assessed in a number of different ways, such as presentations, written reports, log books and practical tasks.

Awarding body

Pearson BTEC

Progression

On successful completion of this course you can continue with employment or use the HNC as an entry to apply for other Higher Education qualifications e.g. HND or Bachalor Degree. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 2 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This qualification can also be used to support a job application within a related profession.

Further Information

For further information, advice and guidance call The Learner Experience Team on 01625 410002.

Duration and Times

Start date: 16/09/2019

End date: 26/06/2020

Time: 9:00am - 4:30pm

Days of week: Tu W

Number of Weeks: 33

Weekly hours: 12.00

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