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Higher National Certificate (HNC) in Community Coaching (Sports)

The HNC in Sports Coaching is a brand-new qualification that will give you the opportunity to develop a sound understanding of the principles in sports through a mixture of academic and practical sessions. It will enable you to put the knowledge learnt in an academic environment into a practical setting.

This qualification is a Higher Technical Qualification which means it has been developed in partnership with a range of sports, coaching and fitness organisations including CIMPSA, Core Coach Foundation, Gloucestershire Hockey Association, British Aikido Board, Progressive Martial Arts, Sport Coach UK, Careers in Sport, Sport and Beyond, University of Surrey, Leeds Beckett, University of Gloucestershire, AoC Sport, North Yorkshire Outdoor Learning Service, Reading FC and Oxford Brookes

Topics studied on the course include:
– Nutrition
– Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology
– Anatomy and Physiology
– Professional Skills
– Coaching Practice and Skill Development
– Training, Fitness and Testing
– Lifestyle Coaching
– Community Coaching

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Select from the start date/s below…

Sep 2023 : North Devon : Full-time
Course Code : HEB145F (2023)
Level : Level 4
Duration : 32 Weeks

Cost : * Total Fee £9250

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Sep 2023 : North Devon : Part-time
Course Code : HEB145P (2023)
Level : Level 4
Duration : 32 Weeks

Cost : * Annual Fee £4625

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Course details


The method of assessment varies between modules reflecting the need to develop a range of different knowledge, understanding and skills. Typically, you will encounter practical, essay and case study questions, fieldwork, group reports, discussion and presentations.

Entry Requirements

You should have prior attainment of a Level 3 qualification (such as A Levels, T Levels or BTEC), however, we welcome students over the age of 21 with no paper qualifications who can demonstrate that they have the potential to succeed on the programme – usually having sports, coaching or fitness related work experience and transferable skills. 48 UCAS points will be required.


This course provides a broad foundation for higher-level studies which enables progression onto further study or a career. On successful completion of this course, you can progress onto the second year of the FdSc Sport, Coaching, Health and Fitness at the University Centre at Petroc or apply for Sports and Sport Science related courses at other universities, for example: BA (Hons) Sport & Fitness Studies, BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Science, BSc (Hons) Sports Studies, BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching, BA Sport Development with Coaching and BSc (Hons) Sport Coaching and Performance.

Facilities and resources

We offer excellent facilities on campus as well as a supportive learning environment. We have a strong emphasis on practical and community-based learning, and have great links with employers and external organisations.


Q: What is the pass rate for this course?

A: This HNC is brand new and running for the first time in 2023/24

Q: Will I have to purchase textbooks for this course?

A: There is a core reading list for each module and these books are available in our learning resource centres.

Q: Is this course suitable for mature students?

A: Yes, there is a diverse range of ages and backgrounds on this programme.

Q: Is there any funding available?

A: You will have the opportunity to take part in the HE student Internship and bursary scheme.

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Starting Date : 11/09/2023
Course Code : HEB145F (2023) North Devon campus Apply
Starting Date : 11/09/2023
Course Code : HEB145P (2023) North Devon campus Apply

Why Petroc should be your first choice

Petroc offers high quality education and training across North and Mid Devon. We provide outstanding learning, excellent facilities, strong connections to employers and a supportive environment to help you fulfil your education goals and set you on your path to the career of your dreams.

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We offer a supportive and inclusive environment where you can flourish and feel a valued member of the college and wider community. 


Our teaching spaces and facilities are some of the best in the region, providing stimulating and true-to-life learning environments. 


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