National Certificate/Diploma in Sport


  • Adults, H.E. Students
  • 12 face to face hours with additional workshops and independent learning hours per week


The Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Sport is designed to further develop employment opportunities and access into higher education. At United College Group we aim to equip all students with sporting skills, qualities, and knowledge for a range of careers in the sporting sector. These include but are not limited to, Fitness Manager, Sports Development Officer, Activity Leader, Sport and physical Activity Manager, and Coach.

The Higher National qualifications are designed for students wishing to develop knowledge and understanding in an applied practical setting and includes a wide range of sporting studies to promote and enhance career progression and develop students if they choose to continue their academic journey.

Level 4 Higher Certificate in Sport is made up of 120 credits (1-year) and provides national recognised qualification to develop attributes to successfully enter the sport sector.

Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport is a two year programme, which will allow access to higher education, developing a wide range of sector knowledge and academic skills to achieve students future aspirations.

Units (Subject to change)

Year 1

  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health
  • Project Management
  • Coaching Practice and Skill Development
  • The Sport Landscape
  • Nutrition
  • Working with Young People
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Work Exposure

Year 2

  • Research Project
  • Entrepreneurism in Sport
  • Performance Analysis
  • Physical Literacy
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Advanced Nutrition
  • Work Experience

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

Pearson BTEC Level 4/5 Higher National in Sport

Where have students gone to after completing this course?


Is there additional work required by the student?

Higher Nationals in Sport are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by centres) and internally assessed Pearson-set assignments (which are set by Pearson and marked by centres). Assessment methods will be diverse and vary across each unit and may consist of the following:

  • Written essays
  • Presentations
  • Logbook entries
  • Practical assessment
  • Self-Reflection
  • Internally set exam


What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Fitness Manager, Sports Development Officer, Activity Leader, Sport and physical Activity Manager, and Coach.

Awarding Body

Edexcel logo

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have one or more of the following: Level 3 qualification in a related subject area. GCSE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject. Other related Level 3 qualification. Access to Higher Education Diploma. An international equivalent of the above Achievement of GCSE grades A* to C or 9 to 4 in English and maths is preferred. Relevant industry experience will also be considered.


Higher Education Fees

Paying for your course

To cover tuition fees, loans are available from the government. You may also get support towards your living costs. The amount you can borrow depends on where you live and your household income. There is also extra support for those with special circumstances, for example, if you have children or adult dependants, a disability, long-term health condition, mental-health condition, or specific learning difficulty such as dyslexia or dyspraxia. Please be aware that unless expressly stated, the cost of your course is for a single year only. 

How are these loans paid back?

You must pay back Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. You pay interest on these. 
You don’t have to pay back other student finance such as grants and bursaries.
Repayments are based on your income, not on what you have borrowed. 
You only start repaying the loan once you’ve left university or college and your income is over £25,725 a year.
  • Repayments are 9% of everything earned in excess of £25,725.  
  • If your income drops below this amount repayments stop.
  • Your repayments will be taken out of your salary at the same time as tax and National Insurance if you’re an employee.
  • If you’re self-employed HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) will work out how much you pay from your tax return. You pay at the same time as you pay your tax.
As a part-time student who earns over £25,725 a year you have to start paying back your loans after 4 years even if the course hasn’t finished. 
After 30 years, regardless of what you have already repaid the debt is wiped. If you never earn over £25,725 then you will never have to repay the loan.  
For the most up-to-date information visit or check out the Student Finance Calculator.

Higher Education Additional Information

There are a number of United Colleges Group policies which directly affect Higher Education students. Please see all related policies below. For further United Colleges Group policies, please see the link below in the footer of our website or click this link

Higher Education Terms and Conditions
HE Access and Participation Statement         
HE Student Protection Plan
Higher Education Student Support


The College does not have facilities to host students in-house. For guidance on finding accommodation please contact our Student Advisors.

Important Information

Please note that to ensure students get the best experience possible, our Higher Education courses will run subject to numbers. If we are unable to meet our minimum threshold, we will aim to direct you to a provider who has a similar offer.