Sports Coaching and Development HNC

UCAS code 06XC

What is special about this course?

The HNC Coaching and Developing Sport course allows you to develop an understanding of both the theoretical and practical issues relating to a career in sports coaching for indoor or outdoor sports.

If you're already working in the sports industry, or if you want to kick off your career in sport, this course is ideal for you.

Accommodation

We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • Alternatively, a relevant sports-related National Progression Award at SCQF level 6 or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Candidates require a good performance background in a variety of sporting activities. Experience in coaching, while desirable, is not essential, although the potential to develop this competence must be evident. A keen interest in sport is a requirement for this award
  • Successful applicants will be required to complete a PVG Disclosure Check and become PVG Scheme Members in order to undertake this course

Access routes

  • Sports and Fitness NQ
  • Outdoor Adventure NQ
  • Certificate in Physical Activity and Adventure Leadership

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Anatomy, physiology and energy systems
  • Coaching and developing sport: graded unit 1
  • Coaching children
  • Coaching of sports: an introduction
  • Conduct and ethics for sport and fitness practitioners
  • Research in sport and fitness: an introduction
  • Sports coaching theory and practice
  • Sports development: an introduction
  • Workplace experience

Optional units may include:

  • Assist in a sport or fitness related event
  • First aid for sport and fitness
  • Fitness testing for sport
  • Flexibility training
  • Foundations of outdoor activities
  • Personal development planning
  • Prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries
  • Principles of fitness training
  • Psychology of sports coaching
  • Safe practice in outdoor activities
  • Strength and conditioning: an introduction

Option units available may vary depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as lockdown measures shift over the next few months and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. In semester one, September 2020, the theory elements will mainly be delivered mainly online through a combination of video conference seminars, tutor-supported study and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You will also have the opportunity to do an online induction at the start of the course. On-campus activities, practical sessions and work experience will be introduced in line with the developing Scottish Government public health measures and guidance, including social distancing.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • Part-time (unstructured)
  • You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions in college and in the community

How long will my course last?


  • Full-time: 1 year
  • Part-time: 2 years

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Moray College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September

Fees

For students normally domiciled in Scotland or the European Union/EEA (outside of the UK) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland studying this course, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,720
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £448

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK and EU students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK or European Union and with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2019-202020-21
Full-time per year £6,855 £7,020
Part-time (per HN credit) £457 £468

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.

Funding

External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

Additional Costs

There may be additional costs for industry qualifications and sports clothing.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Further to successful completion of the HNC Sports Coaching and Development, you may wish to pursue employment opportunities in a range of posts in sports centres, coaching or outdoor adventure.

Can I progress into further study?

You can progress to the HND Coaching and Developing Sport, BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness or BA (Hons) Sports Management.

Is there more information available online?

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Apply for Sports Coaching and Development HNC

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2021

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands. We operate a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of gender, age, disability, ethnicity and socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.