Sport and Exercise Science HND Level 5


Course Details

Start Date: 16/09/2024
Code: PSPTCB00200

Course Summary

The Higher National Diploma in Sports Science is designed to develop the student’s knowledge, understanding and skills required for successful employment or progression to an undergraduate degree. Learners receive initial guidance on how to identify, locate and use material available in the library and resource-based learning centre. Reading lists are provided to students during the introduction of each module of the course.

Course Content

Classes are a combination of formal lectures, discussion, group work, tutorials and practical workshops. Throughout, the student is encouraged to undertake independent reading/research to supplement and consolidate what has been taught/learned and to broaden their understanding of the subject. Students will develop a knowledge and understanding in the following areas:

Mandatory modules:
Unit 1 – anatomy for sports and exercise science
Unit 5 – research project
Unit 6 - nutrition for sport and exercises
Unit 7 – training and fitness for sports science
Unit 21 - physical activity, lifestyle and well being
Unit 41 - health promotion.

Optional modules* include:
Unit 4 - biomechanics
Unit 9 - principles of sports coaching
Unit 24 – employability skills
Unit 25 - work based experience
Unit 33 - functional exercise physiology
Unit 36 - applied sport and exercise psychology
Unit 37 - sport and exercise rehabilitation.
*Optional modules subject to change

Course Assessment

The assessments for this qualification include a series of essays and reports, presentations, tutorial exercises and group work. Some practicals are included as specified in some units, which will help students develop their kinaesthetic skills.

Employer Benefits

The HND will provide additional benefits to employers as the qualification demonstrates that you have a deep understanding of a variety of sports-related topics. It also enhances your organisation and leadership skills as well as significantly increasing your ability to work independently and to deadlines.


All class-based materials will be provided but you will be required to wear sports kit for practical elements of this course.


HND in Sport and Exercise Science

There will be opportunities to complete additional qualifications alongside your course (subject to timetable and funding).

This is a two-year programme or one year if already completed a HNC in sport (Health, Fitness and Exercise).


You will be given advice on how to top up to a full degree qualification. You will be offered support in progression into employment should that be the route you choose.

Entry Requirements

To study the HND two-year programme you need to hold one of the following Level 3 qualifications:

GCE A level (grade E minimum) in Sport or other relevant subject area
BTEC National Diploma in Sport/Sport Science or equivalent in an appropriate subject area.

To study the HND one year programme you need to have completed the HNC in Sport (Health, Fitness and Exercise).

Prior to enrolment on this course, you will need to have an initial assessment in literacy and/or numeracy. This will ensure that you are enrolled on the right level, of course, to succeed and help us to identify and provide any support that you might need. You will be contacted and given a date to come in to do your assessment.

Can I get help with fees?

Funding may be available to support your learning as an adult (aged 19+) studying at Dudley College. Check out the Financial Support guidance for more information.

Start Date: 16/09/2024
Code: PSPTCB00200

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