Sport Coaching and Physical Education
Higher National Diploma(UCAS code: SPED)

Course Overview:

The Sport Coaching and Physical Education Higher National Diploma will allow students to achieve the first two years of a degree whilst undertaking a long term placement within a school or coaching setting. The programme offers the opportunity to help build the experience and work related practice students require to begin a journey into an exciting career as a coach or teacher. Taught by highly skilled industry professionals qualified to Masters degree level.

Entry Requirements:

Programme/Award: HND Sport (Coaching and Physical Education)
Entry requirements 2019-20: The entry profile is likely to include one of the following: ● A BTEC Level 3 qualification in Sport ● A GCE Advanced Level profile that demonstrates strong performance in a relevant subject or adequate performance in more than one GCE subject. This profile is likely to be supported by GCSE grades at A* to C (or equivalent) ● Other related Level 3 qualifications ● An Access to Higher Education Certificate awarded by an approved further education institution ● Related work experience ● An international equivalent of the above.
Mature Applicants We welcome applications from mature students (aged 21 and over as at 1st September in the academic year of admission) and do not necessarily require the same academic qualifications as school leaving applicants. Applicants will be invited to attend an admission interview and will be advised of the criteria in advance. To find out more, please email
International applicants Non-native English speakers need to demonstrate capability in English at a standard equivalent to the levels identified below: ● Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level B2 ● PTE 51 ● IELTS 5.5; Reading and Writing must be at 5.5 ● or equivalent. It is up to the centre to decide what proof will be necessary to evidence individual student proficiency.
Additional requirements:
    All applicants will be invited to an admission interview before an offer is made.
Credit transfer and accreditation of prior learning or experience Dependent upon learner profile and/or relevant previous experience.

Module Information:

Type Unit Credit Level
Core Unit Mandatory 1 Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health 15 4
Core Unit Mandatory 2 The Sport Landscape 15 4
Core Unit> Mandatory 3 Project Management (Pearson-set) 15 4
Core Unit Mandatory 23 Research Project (Pearson-set) 30 5
Core Unit Mandatory 24 Entrepreneurism in Sport 15 5
Specialist Unit 6 Activity Leadership 15 4
Specialist Unit 7 Inclusive Sport 15 4
Optional Unit 16 Work Exposure 15 4
Optional Unit 18 Working with Young People 15 4
Optional Unit 35 Teaching Practice 15 4
Specialist Unit 27 Sport, Health & Society 15 5
Specialist Unit 28 Coaching Special Populations 15 5
Specialist Unit 29 Understanding & Evaluating Initiatives 15 5
Optional Unit 36 Personal & Professional Development 15 5
Optional Unit 37 Work Experience 15 5

2 years (full time)


BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport are assessed using a combination of internally assessed centre-devised internal assignments (which are set and marked by Yeovil College).

Assessment through assignments:

The format of assessment is an assignment taken after the content of the unit, or part of the unit if several assignments are used, has been fully delivered by lecturers to the student group. An assignment may take a variety of forms, including practical and written types. An assignment is a distinct activity completed independently by students (either alone or in a team). An assignment is issued to students as an assignment brief with a hand-out date, a completion date and clear requirements for the evidence that students are expected to provide.

When a student has completed all the assessment for a unit then the college assessment team will give a grade for the unit. This is given simply according to the highest level for which the student is judged to have met all the criteria. Assessments are awarded either Pass, Merit or Distinction grades.

Teaching staff

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. The team includes lecturers and professional practitioners with industry experience with some qualified up to masters degree level.


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.

Course Fee (2019/20):

Tuition Fees – Information relating to fees is here

If you receive funding from Student Finance you may be eligible to apply for additional benefits. Details can be found on the

How do I apply:

To study full-time, please apply please through UCAS (Institute name: YEOV, Institute code: Y25, Course code for HND Sport (Coaching and Physical Education): SPED

For the part-time route, please apply direct to the Yeovil College University Centre by calling 01935 845454 or emailing