Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 1 year Level 4 Full-Time Hartlepool Sixth Form University Level Qualification Apply Enquire

What’s it all about?

This course is for students wanting to pursue a career in sport. Students will develop the skills, knowledge and experience to progress in the work place or move onto to complete a full degree in sport. The HNC in Sport is delivered alongside Hartlepool Borough Council and our own Elite Sports Academy in order to provide students with experience in sports performance or sports development.

You will need to hold a level 3 qualification such as A-Levels or BTEC in Sport or a related qualification.

Mature candidates will be considered without the formal qualifications, dependent upon their former experience and portfolio.

All applicants will need to attend an interview.

Study level Cost
19+ please enquire

You will learn through a range of lectures, seminars, workshops, practical’s, individual tutorials, guest speakers and self -directed study and will be assessed by a range of assessment methods such as written reports, presentations etc.

When not attending lectures, you will be expected to continue learning independently through self-study. Typically, this will involve reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research, preparing coursework assignment and presentations and preparing for examinations. Your independent learning is supported by a range of facilities including online resources and our learning centre. Overall, your workload will consist of class contact hours, around 15 hours’ independent learning and assignment activity.

Your Academic Support Tutor will provide help in the following areas:

- Study skills
- Written English
- Academic writing
- Research skills
- Critical thinking and understanding arguments
- Revision, assessment and examination skills

You will be taught by an experienced teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the units on the course. The team includes senior lecturers and professional practitioners with extensive experience in the field of sport. All lecturers possess subject specialism degrees and postgraduate qualifications, and are fully qualified teachers.

We currently work very closely with Hartlepool Borough Council, elite sports teams and local businesses.

Timetables will be available at enrolment. Please note that while we make every effort to ensure that timetables are as friendly as possible, scheduled teaching can take place on any day of the week.

This higher national qualification in Sport is designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at level 4 and 5, providing students with a clear route into employment or progression to further higher education study.

You will develop broad knowledge and awareness of key aspects of the sport industries sector the programme consists of core units, specialist units and optional units:

Year 1 mandatory units:
- Physical activity, lifestyle and health
- The sport landscapes
- Project management

Year 1 optional units:
- Nutrition
- Anatomy and physiology
- Technology in sport
- Sports marketing
- Inclusive sport

Year 2 mandatory units:
- Research project
- Entrepreneurism in sport

Year 2 optional units:
- Performance analysis
- Teaching practice
- Advanced coaching
- Exercise physiology
- Advanced nutrition

What’s next?

Following completion of the HNC at level 4, you may then opt to progress to a BA (Hons) Top-up degree at university.

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Why sixth form is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

97.2% of our students progress to a positive destination

(*Destination data for Hartlepool Sixth Form students aged 16-18, academic year 2017/18).

Why choose Hartlepool Sixth Form?

We are the College of the Year.

(*Top college nationally for BTECs, Pearson 2019)

100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects including Computer Science, Economics, History and Maths. 

*Summer 2019

99.1% overall A-Level pass rate

*Summer 2019

We have recently invested in a brand new state-of-the-art digital suite and health simulation ward.