Sport and Exercise Science

Applied - Extended Certificate

This course will see you explore the science behind sporting success. You’ll focus on physiology and nutrition, discovering more about the human anatomy and how it functions under the pressure of elite sport.

On this course you will pair academic theory with practical skills, providing you with the knowledge and experience needed to pursue a range of roles within sport such as Teaching, Physiotherapy and Sports Nutrition.

This course is an Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level), however you can opt to study Applied Sport and Exercise Science in a number of other ways too. Please see the links below to find out more.

A Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (2 A Level equivalent)

An Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (3 A Level equivalent)

Specific requirements

You’ll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 4 within GCSE Science or a pass in a vocational Level 2 Science qualification.

For further information on the pathways, please click here.

Your learning experience

This 1 A Level equivalent qualification will provide you with a solid understanding of the subject and will see you discover more about the human body and how it can be trained, and the psychology behind sports performance. The topics you study will prepare you for a varied range of roles and degree level courses, and ensure you have the skills needed for your future in this vibrant and rewarding sector. Topics will include:

• Functional anatomy

• Applied psychology

• Coaching for performance and fitness

• Physical activity for individual and group-based exercise

An enriching experience

Studying Applied Sport at HNC is an enriching experience. You’ll have plenty of opportunities to develop your skills and interests, broadening your horizons and building your cultural capital. These experiences are integral to life at HNC and will help you to stand out from the crowd. Some of the experiences our Applied Sport students enjoy include:

• Work placements, including to international destinations such as Lisbon and organisations such as Opta Sports

• Visiting guest speakers who play sport at a national and international level

• Visits to grow your physical skills such as to the English Institute of Sport, Rokt activity centre, and various outdoor challenge centres

• Trips to universities and visiting guest lecturers

Through your experience of practical activities and academic theory you will develop your self-confidence and communication skills. Inside the classroom you’ll enjoy a variety of learning methods, including group work, role play and presentations, which will develop your confidence, teamwork and communication skills – all of which are essential in the world of work.

Enlightening opportunities

We are proud of the unique experiences that are available to our students both inside and outside of the classroom. These will stretch and challenge you to develop the skills you’ll need to achieve the life- changing qualifications that will lead you to your dream career.

Our subject specialists are not only experts within their fields who will support you to build on key academic and employability skills; they’ll also work with you to instil a passion for your studies, helping you to develop a life-long love of learning.

Our state-of-the-art facilities including Sports Barn, onsite Fitness Suite, Sports Laboratory and outdoor pitches provide you with some unique opportunities to grow your skills. You’ll be inspired by visiting guest speakers who will help you understand just where your studies can take you – the opportunities in this sector are extensive and our industry links can help support you to secure your dream career.

How will you be assessed?

This course is assessed via presentations, group work and assignments, and externally assessed exams.


Where does it lead?

Students who gain this qualification progress on to a wide range of destinations, and the opportunities you can experience are vast, with students studying this qualification progressing to university, the world of work or degree level apprenticeships or successfully competing as professional athletes. There are naturally progression routes within the industry and our students secure careers in areas such as coaching, teaching and leisure centre management.

Popular degree pathways and jobs within the sector for students who complete this course include:

• Physiotherapy

• Sports Therapy

• Teaching

• Nutritionist

• Sports Journalist

• Sports Rehabilitation

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