Higher Education Courses

Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science and Tottenham Hotspur Coaching Development Programme

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Sixth Form
  • Qualification

    Higher Education Courses
  • Subject

    Sports and Fitness
  • Schedule

    Monday-Friday (Day (8:30am-4:30pm))
  • Duration

    36 weeks
  • Age

    Higher Education

Course Fees


Entry requirements

It is essential that you are a New City College student at the time of applying for this course. Qualifications required are four GCSEs, including English and Maths at grade 4 or above (or equivalent) or a Level 2 Functional Skills certificate in Maths and English may be considered.

Applicants must also have achieved successful completion of a Level 3 qualification, equivalent to 80 UCAS points, such as A Levels or BTEC Level 3. Other related Level 3 qualifications such as VQR, NVQ, or an Access to Higher Education Diploma or related work experience, would also be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants who meet the entry requirements will be invited to attend an interview to demonstrate suitability for the course. NCC students who have not met the entry requirements will be offered a place on the course with the condition that they have a good reference and have successfully completed our diagnostic assessments.


As part of the HNC Sport & Exercise Science course, you will be enrolled onto the NCC Sport Higher Education & Tottenham Hotspur Coaching Development Programme.

This is a full-time course and attendance is 2 ½ days per week with practical work experience sessions on 2 ½ days. The course is based at Havering Sixth Form campus in Wingletye Lane, Hornchurch.

The Level 4 Higher National Certificate provides a solid grounding in Sport and Exercise Science, which students can go on to study for another year to achieve the Level 5 Higher National Diploma in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science). The course offers students a specialist pathway designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or onto a degree programme.

We have a special partnership with Tottenham Hotspur Football Club which means that their Global Football Development staff will provide expert support to the HNC practical coaching modules in collaboration with New City College's Higher Education tutors. Inspired by the Tottenham Hotspurs Academy, our staff will share insight into our football development philosophy with students in order to support those who have aspirations to pursue a career within coaching and/or sport alongside the HNC training and games programme.

This bespoke programme will provide holistic and technical support to students in order to develop the qualities and attributes needed to be a successful coach through the combination of their academic studies and specialised mentoring from Global Football Development coaches.

Through practical-based learning, students will enhance their knowledge and understanding of a range of topics that support coaching practice. Additionally, for selected individuals, there will be a chance to undertake further mentoring opportunities within our Coaching Excellence Centre programme to shadow Academy staff - as well as the opportunity for selected students to gain casual employment on the Tottenham Hotspur Global Football Development programme.

The college runs a flexible model that gives each student the choice to stay and develop for as long as they want to get the qualification they desire (unlike a university where you may need to commit to a full three-year term).

What qualification will I achieve?

Level 4 Higher National Certificate in Sport and Exercise Science (Coaching Science) leading to the Level 5 Higher National Diploma.

What can I expect to study? Units include:

  • Nutrition (15 credits)
  • Fundamentals of Sport and Exercise Psychology (15 credits)
  • Anatomy and Physiology (15 credits)
  • Professional Skills - a Pearson set task (15 credits)
  • Coaching Practice and Skill Development (15 credit)
  • Training, Fitness, Testing (15 credits)

Two optional units are also required:

  • Sports Massage (15 credits)
  • Work Exposure (15 credits)

The HNC Level 4 in Sport Exercise Science (Coaching Science), awarded by Pearson, is run at our Havering Sixth Form campus for internally progressing New City College students as a full-time course for those aged 19+.

The course develops students as professional, self-reflecting individuals able to meet the demands of employers in the sport sector and adapt to a constantly changing world. It is a perfect qualification for students looking to progress from full-time Level 3 study, and for those who are already employed within the sports sector and are looking to extend their knowledge to progress their career.

This stimulating and challenging programme of study has been designed in conjunction with industry leaders and provides the core elements for successful career progression in the sport and active leisure industry. It is run as a full-time, hybrid learning course with a combination of face-to-face delivery, work-based learning and independent study.

Further information

The course aims to ensure successful students can progress either to the workplace or to university to study at a higher level. On completion of year 2, students can enter employment fields such as: Sports coaching, community sports leader, performance developer, leisure development officer, Armed Forces or uniformed services, teaching or lecturing (via a Level 5 DET qualification) with New City College or sports and exercise scientist. Students can also complete a top-up at university to obtain a full degree.

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