We are the lead site for the Higher National Certificate and Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science which is led in partnership with Virtual Learning UK at various sites around the country. Our teaching team at UCC brings a variety of experience and subject specialisms within the sporting sector; this ensures we are able to facilitate each student’s individual learning journey both academically and vocationally. We look forward to meeting prospective students so please do get in touch if you have any questions or if you would like to visit us here at UCC.
The HNC/HND in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science) programme allows you to work towards a Higher Education qualification at HNC Level 4 in your first year and HND Level 5 in your second year of study. It makes it ideal for those learners taking their first steps in Higher Education or returning to study after a break.
You are enthusiastic, patient and a great communicator. Your passion and commitment to sport knows no bounds. You have the ability to inspire confidence, motivate performance and mould the sportsmen and women of the future. If you have already completed the relevant HNC and HND qualifications, the BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching top-up degree could be the next step in your career development.
The global sports coaching industry is worth billions, and with a growing awareness of the health benefits of keeping fit, trained coaches are in demand. Sports coaches, managers, assistants, coordinators and instructors all help individuals reach their sporting potential. As a qualified coach, you could work across all sporting areas, with amateur athletes or sporting professionals. You will create and manage practice sessions, evaluate performance and improve people’s skills, techniques, form and stamina.
The Sports Coaching programmes will provide you with the knowledge and experience needed for a professional career in sports and fitness coaching. As a student, you will have the opportunity to tailor your qualification to specialise in a sport of your choice. You will develop an awareness of sports science, nutrition, safeguarding and first aid, and explore motivational techniques, styles of communication, performance evaluation and plans for athletic progression. You will learn in a range of sports settings and benefit from a placement, which will ensure you can apply the theory you have learnt in seminars and lectures to real-life sporting environments. You will be taught by academics and vocational experts who will stretch and challenge you at each stage of your journey, and make use of modern facilities, including the institution’s own gym, which is furnished with the latest TechnoGym equipment.
As a newly-qualified professional in the area of sport and fitness coaching, you could progress into a diverse selection of roles, including government agencies, private coaching, sporting agencies or team management. Your career will leave a lasting impression on individuals of all abilities, and you could shape the future of sport in the UK.
Undergraduate courses operate on a modular basis that provides flexibility and choice. Each module is worth a specified number of credits, with most modules counting for 30/40 or 15/20 academic credits (depending on the programme), with each credit taken equating to a total amount of study time which includes scheduled teaching, independent study and assessment activity.
Most full-time students will take modules worth 60 credits per semester, with part-time students taking proportionately fewer credits per semester. A total of 120 credits per level and 360 credits are needed for an honours degree as a whole. Overall grades for the course and degree classification are based on the marks obtained for modules taken at levels 5 and 6.
Our teaching is informed by research, professional practice and industry engagement and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline.
Entry Requirements: Applicants will normally need to have gained 96 UCAS tariff points from; a BTEC Level 3 qualification or a GCE ‘A’ level profile which demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or an adequate performance in more than one subject. In addition, 4 or 5 GCSE grades at A* to C or equivalent, including English and Maths. Other related level 3 qualifications, or an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution or related work experience would also be considered. In addition, there will be an interview on a one to one basis.
Timetables: Timetables are normally available one month before registration. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as student-friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week. Part-time classes are normally scheduled on one or two days per week.
Teaching and Learning: You are taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and practicals. Seminars enable smaller group discussions to develop understanding of topics covered in lectures.
When not attending lectures, seminars and practicals or other timetabled sessions you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-directed study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library, learning zone or technical learning resources, preparing coursework assignments and presentations, and preparing for examinations
Assessment: The course provides you with opportunities to test your understanding of the subject informally before you complete the formal assessments that count towards your final mark. Each module normally contains at least one piece of practice or ‘formative’ assessment for which you receive feedback from your tutor. Practice assessments are developmental and any grades you receive for them do not count towards your module mark.
There is a formal or ‘summative’ assessment at the end of each module. Assessment methods include written examinations and a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, performance, presentations and your final year major project. The grades from formal assessments count towards your module mark.
Feedback: You will receive feedback on all practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.
All Fees and prices shown on the website are for courses starting in the 2022-23 academic year and are correct at the time of entering/printing information, however these may be subject to change. The College cannot accept legal or financial liability as a result of any such changes.
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The College reserves the right to update and amend information as and when necessary. University Centre Colchester at Colchester Institute will do its best to provide the courses shown, but may have to modify or withdraw a course depending on customer demand and other factors.