Coaching and Developing Sport HND

UCAS code CX61
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What is special about this course?

The HND 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.

Entry requirements

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above;
  • One should be in English, the other preferably a science subject or mathematics.
  • Alternatively, a relevant sports related National Progression Award at SCQF level 5 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

Year 1 - HNC

Mandatory units are:

  • Sports Coaching Theory and Practice
  • Conduct and Ethics for Sport and Fitness Practitioners
  • Anatomy, Physiology and Energy Systems
  • Coaching of Sports: An Introduction
  • Sports Development: An Introduction
  • Workplace Experience
  • Coaching Children
  • Research in Sport and Fitness: An Introduction
  • Coaching and Developing Sport: Graded Unit 1

Optional units may include:

  • Flexibility training
  • Strength and Conditioning: An Introduction
  • Principles of Fitness Training
  • Fitness Testing for Sport
  • Personal Development Planning
  • First Aid for Sport and Fitness
  • Psychology of Sports Coaching
  • Assist in a Sport or Fitness Related Event
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries
  • Safe Practice in Outdoor Activities
  • Foundations of Outdoor Activities

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

Year 2 - HND

Mandatory units are:

  • Fitness Conditioning in Sport
  • Sports Mechanics
  • Improving Coaching in Sport
  • Coaching of Sports Performance Development
  • Sports Development and Research
  • Coaching and Developing Sport: Graded Unit 2
  • Coaching and Developing Sport: Graded Unit 3

Option units may include:

  • Managing Volunteers in Sport and Recreation
  • Health and Safety Legislation: An Introduction
  • Foundations of Outdoor Activities
  • Current Exercise Trends
  • Health Screening
  • Nutrition for Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Plan, Teach and Evaluate and Group Exercise with Music Session
  • Inclusive Sport Coaching
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance
  • Managing a Sport or Fitness Related Event

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

How will I study my course?

  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)

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: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Start date

September

How much will my course cost?

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) 2016-17
Full-time per year
£1,285
Part-time (per HN unit) £86

Rest of UK students

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

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit) £434

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 whilst 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) 2016-17
Full-time per year £6,510
Part-time (per HN unit)** £434

 **There is no part-time study option for Tier 4 sponsored international students.

What funding can I apply for?

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

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment in a range of posts in sports centres, coaching and outdoor adventure, or as a freelance fitness instructor.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of this course you may progress to the BA (Hons) Sports Management.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say:

"If you enjoy sport and want to develop that interest into a future career then I would strongly recommend both HNC and HND sports coaching and sports development courses as a key to starting an enjoyable life long career in the range of opportunities available through the dynamic field of sport. The course is an excellent opportunity to develop both experience and essential skills required in a sports coaching or development area of employment."

Jenny Munro, Moray College UHI

Apply for Coaching and Developing Sport HND

I want to start in Aug/Sep 2017

International applicants should apply using the UHI International application form. Please download and print the form, complete and return using the address indicated. More information is available for international applicants at our international student page

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). UHI operates 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.

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