HNC in Community Coaching for England


Students will gain a wide range of coaching knowledge linked to practical skills gained through research, independent study, directed study and workplace scenarios. Students are involved in vocational activities that help them to develop behaviours (the attitudes and approaches required for a competence) and transferable skills. Transferable skills are those such as communication, teamwork, research and analysis, which are highly valued in higher education and the workplace.*

*Subject to validation.

Course Content - What will I learn?

You will study a variety of units aiming o give you a holistic approach to coaching:
Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology
Anatomy & Physiology
Professional Skills
Coaching Practice & Skill Development
Training, Fitness, Testing
Lifestyle Coaching
Community Coaching

Am I right for the course?

The Level 4 units lay the foundations of learning by providing a specialised introduction to coaching in the UK landscape and different coaching functions. This develops and strengthens core skills while preparing the student for Level 5 or to enter employment with the qualities necessary for job roles that require some personal responsibility.

– 48 UCAS Tariff points.
– BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sport or Sport & Exercise Science.
– GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject.
– GCSE Maths and English at grade C/4 or above.
– Access to Higher Education Diploma from an approved Further Education Institution.
– relevant work experience, or an international equivalent to the above qualifications.

Please note that meeting these entry criteria will be essential for consideration into the programme

Throughout the programme, progress will be assessed in all areas via assignments, practical work, projects, and other activities. There will be an emphasis on your personal commitment to learning and you will be guided through enhancing your research and cognitive skills through projects you manage yourself. All units are assessed and graded as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

You will have the opportunity to work with a variety of different partners from local sports clubs to different leisure providers. You will get to work with stakeholders such as Hertfordshire Sports Partnership gaining experience working as a coach in the community. You will develop a variety of professional skills and competencies aimed at supporting you for progression into work or higher education.

A team of highly skilled sector professionals.

What Next?

Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Sport . They will be able to communicate accurately and appropriately and they will have the qualities needed for employment that requires some degree of personal responsibility. They will have developed a range of transferable skills to ensure effective team working, independent initiatives, organisational competence and problem-solving strategies. They will be adaptable and flexible in their approach to Sport, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

Our Sports courses will help you get to the ceiling of your ability and this could be Regional, National or even International level competition. You could also progress to University or into direct employment.

Potential careers:

  • Sports Professional
  • Sports Therapist
  • Sport and Exercise Scientist
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Sports Coach, Physiotherapist
  • Leisure Centre Manager
  • Leisure Centre Assistant
  • Outdoor Activities Instructor
  • Health and Fitness Instructor
  • Pool/Beach Lifeguard
  • Personal Trainer
  • Gym Instructor

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16-18 years old, no tuition fees apply to Full Time courses and fees subject to confirmation. Additional costs applicable to BHS courses.

For all two year courses fees shown above are per year.

Aged 19+ and planning to take a level 3 or above a different fee may apply. You may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan.

All HE courses (full and part time) are subject to tuition fees.

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Studying at Oaklands is about finding out what you enjoy learning, with a huge range of courses including A Levels, BTECs and Apprenticeships our students are given the opportunity to make their own academic choices, and thrive in a subject they enjoy.

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