BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport and Exercise Science (RQF)

BTEC Higher Nationals in Sport and Exercise Science (RQF)

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If you're passionate about a career in Sport and Exercise Science, these HNC/HND qualifications are designed to address an increasing need for high quality professional and technical education pathways at Levels 4 and 5, thereby providing you with a clear line of sight to employment within this fas-growing sector, or to progression to a degree at Level 6.

Pathways within this qualification

Brochure download buttonThis qualification has been developed in collaboration with industry experts, universities, colleges and students to ensure that it is a programme that meets the needs of industry, as well as what you would expect to achieve throughout your course. To help our you develop in your chosen specialism, there are a number of pathways, some of which are listed below:

  • Coaching Science
  • Exercise, Health and Lifestyle
  • Sport and Exercise Science (General)

Please note this is a combination of pathways at both BTEC HNC and HND level. Colleges we work with may choose to deliver a selection of pathways which is why we suggest that you consult with your local college regarding exact options available to you.

Careers after a BTEC Higher National in Sport and Exercise Science

Some typical jobs after completing the HNC*

Some typical jobs after completing the HND*

Sport Coach; Community Sports Leader; Performance Developer; Sports Development Officer; Leisure Development Officer; Armed Forces or Uniformed Services. Sports Therapist; Cardiac Rehabilitation Technician; Sports and Exercise Scientist; Strength and Conditioning; Teaching or Lecturing (via a PGCE).

*These are suggestions of the typical job roles related to this qualification at this level. Pearson does not guarantee employment upon completion, and you will have a responsibility to make sure that you meet the employer’s requirements. 

Industry support and recognition

For years, employers have valued the skills and knowledge that BTEC Higher National students bring to the world of work. That is why students choose to study our programmes. We are proud to have developed our Pearson BTEC Higher National in Sport with experts from organisations, including The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA), AOC Sport, North Yorkshire Outdoor Learning Service, and Careers in Sport.

Progression to university

We work with universities in the UK and around the world, explaining the content, structure and purpose of BTEC Higher National qualifications, so that the universities recognise your value and accept applications from you as a BTEC Higher National holder onto a degree programme. You can currently top-up your HNs to over 1500 degrees worldwide and we continue our work to grow this number.

Visit Pearson Degree Course Finder to find all the current articulations.


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