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Level 4 Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Sport and Exercise Science

Macclesfield College

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  • Qualification

    HNC - Higher National Certificate

  • Location

    Macclesfield College

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    33 weeks

Course summary


Pearson BTEC Higher National qualifications are designed to develop practical skills alongside specialist knowledge and understanding of the subject area. These qualifications are well respected and recognised by both employers and higher education institutions. The Higher National Certificate (HNC) is a Level 4 qualification which is equivalent to the first year of the Bachelor Degree. HNC qualifications can be taken as an academic pathway from Level 3, A Level or ‘Access to Higher Education’; or alongside employment for career enhancement. The HNC pathway is a vocational but academically equivalent alternative higher education pathway.

This course is designed for you if you would like to be involved with sport and the fitness industry, with an emphasis on sport science, exercise, health and lifestyle. The course aims to develop a sound understanding of the major theoretical and practical principles associated with working in the sport, health, exercise and fitness industry, a growing sector. A significant focus is placed on the skills required for effective communication, self-development and career progression. If you are looking to pursue a career in sports science or the health and fitness industry, or you are currently employed in a sports environment and wish to combine work with study to develop your skills and knowledge to enhance your career prospects, then this course may be for you. This course will draw on a range of industry links and local employers to provide you with vocational experience. Work placements may be offered during the programme to provide direct industry experience in an area of your choice, developing and enhancing your employment prospects.

On successful completion of this course you can continue with employment or use the HNC to apply for other Higher Education qualifications e.g. HND or Bachelor Degree. You can apply to university to complete a degree in a related subject; entry to the degree may be at Year 2 dependent upon the university and degree programme. This qualification can also be used to support a job application within a related profession.

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Students will typically have one of the following: A BTEC Level 3 or other Level 3 qualification in a related subject with at least one merit in the final grade profile; A minimum of 2 A Levels with one in a related subject at grade C or above; Access to HE with relevant options; Extensive relevant work experience; Mature learners who have extensive work experience and/or professional qualifications in a related industry are welcome to apply and A* to C grade (Grade 9-4) in GCSE English and Maths strongly recommended. I


University information

Macclesfield College

  • Campus address

    Macclesfield College, Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 8LF, England

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