Sport and Exercise Science

Community Coaching for England

Leaflet Code: HA0074


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.
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.
By the end of Level 4, students will have sound knowledge of the concepts of coaching in the UK. They will be competent in a range of subject-specific skills as well as general skills and qualities relevant to key areas in Sport and Exercise Science.
Graduates successfully completing the Higher National Certificate will be able to demonstrate a sound knowledge of the basic concepts of Sport & Exercise Science.
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 & Exercise Science, show resilience under pressure, and meet challenging targets within a given resource.

  • Openshaw Campus
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2023

You will be taught by a team of experienced teachers with a wealth of knowledge and industry experience from the sport sector including dieticians, physiologists, psychologists and strength and conditioning coaches. All staff have or are working towards higher level Master’s or PHD qualifications.

• 48 UCAS points in a related subject area.

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

• Level 3 qualification or equivalent in a related subject for example Public Services, Health and Social care, A Levels etc (Contact the course tutor for further details).

• Applicants are welcome with vocational qualifications such as the Certificate/ Diploma in Personal Training alongside relevant work experience.

• Recognition of prior learning/experience will be accepted in line with University policy and procedures.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

Year 1: Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)

Year 1: Coaching Practice and Skill Development (15 credits)

Year 1: Community Coaching (15 credits)

Year 1: Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)

Year 1: Lifestyle Coaching (15 credits)

Year 1: Nutrition (15 credits)

Year 1: Professional Skills (15 credits)

Year 1: Training, Fitness, Testing (15 credits)

Level 4
100% assessments including written reports, essays, practical sessions, examinations, portfolios and presentations

All of the books required for the course are available either from the library or as e-books. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. You may also need to print assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop and up to £50 each year for books and printing

If undertaking work experience (which may be paid or unpaid) you may also need to factor in travel costs to your place of work

You will be required to have an enhanced DBS check for this course to ensure you meet both our and industry safeguarding requirements. Please note there will be an additional cost to your course fees to cover Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) checks. Please see the GOV.UK website for DBS costs.

All students are subject to UCEN Manchester’s Terms and Conditions from the date they accept an offer to study here, full details of which can be found here. The UCEN Manchester Admissions Policy and Procedure can be found here.