Higher Education Courses

NCC Sport Higher Education & Tottenham Hotspur Coaching Development Programme (Level 4)

Course Overview

  • Campuses

    Havering Sixth Form
  • Qualification

    Higher Education Courses
  • Subject

    Sports and Fitness
  • Schedule

    Timetable Dependant (Day)
  • Duration

    1 Year
  • 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 to study the course are four GCSEs, including English and Maths at grades A* to C and/or 9 to 4 (or equivalent) or Level 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English may be considered. All students who are non-native English speakers or who have not studied the final two years of school in England must demonstrate capability in English at IELTS 5.5 (reading and writing) and will complete an assessment in English and Maths. Students must also have achieved 96-112 UCAS points from relevant Level 3 qualifications, such as A Levels, BTEC Level 3 Diplomas and Extended Diplomas, Scottish Highers, Advanced Highers, Irish Leaving Certificate and Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate.  Other related Level 3 qualifications such as the International Baccalaureate, VQR, NVQ, or an Access to Higher Education Diploma awarded by an approved further education institution 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.


This is an exciting new course which will allow students to gain a wealth of knowledge within the sports industry. The Level 4 HNC provides a solid grounding in Sport & Exercise Science, which students can build on into the Diploma stage. The Level 5 HND offers students a specialist pathway designed to support progression into relevant occupational areas or onto a degree programme. The Coaching Science Pathway allows our students to gain significant experience within sports coaching through work exposure with local partnerships, as well as gain knowledge across various specialist units that will develop the student's coaching ability.

The programme is delivered by industry practitioners, with relevant work experience interwoven throughout the two years, enabling students to transfer their skills and understanding into a working environment. Students will have access to work experience through a range of sports providers within the local area as the college has strong links with many different partners. The overriding focus of the programme is based on acknowledging the importance of versatility to allow for longevity to ensure our students are fully equipped for a range of careers in the ever-evolving sports industry.

Students will acquire practical and academic skills through applied learning. The focus of some of the assignments will provide opportunities to learn from current practitioners in the sport and fitness sector. The programme provides opportunities for students to develop and demonstrate knowledge and understanding, skills, qualities and other attributes in the following areas:

The study of human responses to sport and exercise, including:

  • making effective use of knowledge and understanding of the disciplines underpinning human structure and function

The study of the performance of sport and its enhancement, monitoring and analysis, including:

  • showing evidence of the skills required to monitor and evaluate sports performance in laboratories and/or field settings

The study of health-related and disease management aspects of exercise and physical activity, including:

  • displaying an awareness of current government policy on disease prevention and the relevance of exercise

The study of the historical, social, political, economic and cultural diffusion, distribution and impact of sport, including:

  • displaying a critical insight into the organisations and structures responsible for sport, and the political ramifications arising from these

The study of the policy, planning, management and delivery of sporting opportunities, including:

  • understanding and applying the theories, concepts and principles of practice from the generic management areas of operations, finance, human resources, economics and marketing to sports facilities and events

The programme may also include the following units:

  • Nutrition
  • Fundamentals of Sport & Exercise Psychology
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Professional Skills
  • Training, Fitness, Testing
  • Sports Massage
  • Work Exposure

The HNC Level 4 in Sport Exercise Science (Coaching Science), awarded by Pearson, is run at our Havering campuses 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.

  • Assessment Criteria

    This programme is assessed 100% through coursework. Formative assessment is a continuous component of the programme. The purpose of assessment is to ensure that effective learning of the content of each unit has taken place. Evidence of this learning, or the application of the learning, is required for each unit.

    Assessment methods include:

    • Assessment briefs
    • Critical evaluations
    • Written essays
    • Oral presentations
    • Practical assessments/demonstrations
    • Peer assessment
    • Practical coaching and training sessions
    • Independent research projects
    • Portfolio/peer vs client interviews

Further information

The course aims to ensure successful students can progress into the
following pathways: Sports coaching, PE teaching, community sports leader,
performance developer, sport and exercise science, personal training, sports
massage, leisure development officer, armed forces or uniformed services and
teaching or lecturing (via a PGCE). Students can also complete a top-up at
university to obtain a full degree.

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