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Sport (Leisure Management) HNC

This programme is aimed at anyone with an enthusiasm for outdoor adventure, sport, exercise and health, coaching, teaching, sports management, sports marketing or development. All modules integrate theory and practice using the experience gained from involvement in outdoor adventure and sport.

Entry requirements

To begin this course you will need:

  • English GCSE at grade A*-C/Functional Skills at Level 2 AND
  • At least 48 UCAS points from a Level 3 Diploma in Sport, Outdoor Adventure or other related subject area OR
  • Access to Higher Education Certificate in a related subject area

Applicants from A-Level programmes with relevant experience will also be considered, as will mature students, who will be considered individually on experience rather than qualifications.  Mature applicants who do not meet the advertised academic entry requirements may be required to complete a ‘bridging assignment’ to demonstrate their writing and referencing skills.

Entry will also be subject to a successful interview, where you will be asked to produce evidence of your prior experience.

Course content

The aim of this course is to provide you with the necessary specialist knowledge required to use sport and outdoor equipment, develop the knowledge and skills to coach outdoor adventurous activities and to demonstrate the required professionalism to work within the sport and outdoor adventure industry. You will also gain a diverse range of subject specific knowledge from specialist units selected to offer a broad understanding of the outdoor adventure, sport and leisure industry.

During this course you will study the following core compulsory units:

  • The Sport and Leisure Industry
  • Marketing Principles
  • Operating and Managing a Sport and Leisure Facility
  • Customer Service

You will also study the following specialist units:

  • Managing Resources in Sports and Leisure Management
  • Personal and Professional Development
  • The Evolution of Sports Development
  • Work Based Experience

There are also work placement opportunities available. Part of the development of employability skills in both years will be working as an instructor for Shuttleworth Activity Centre delivering to schools groups and also students studying on the BTEC Level 3 course.

The second year will entail a compulsory work placement with an employer in the outdoor adventurous or sport sector.

Each year on the course there will be compulsory residential trips but also optional extra trips such as skiing in Italy, climbing in Spain or yachting in Croatia. These will vary depending on cohort size/take up.

Day trips to outdoor centres will be an integral part of the course.

Assessment methods

You will learn through a variety of teaching methods including practical activities, guest speakers, visits to sport and leisure industry facilities and organisations and traditional seminars and research projects

Coursework for assessment includes written reports, presentations, practical observations and timed assignments

You will also be required to carry out an extensive work experience placement within the sports industry and complete a research project linked to the Managing Resources in Sports and Leisure Management unit.


BTEC HNC Diploma in Sport (Leisure Management)


  • Outdoor First Aid
  • UKCC Level 1 or 2 Paddlesports Coach
  • RYA Sailing Dinghy Instructor
  • MLTE Climbing Wall Award

(These are all non-compulsory and incur an extra cost to be discussed at interview.)

Further study and career options

Successful completion of the HNC leads on to the HND or into employment.

Additional information

This course will help you gain the knowledge and skills required for a management role in the sports and leisure industry. It will enable you to make effective contributions in the private, public and voluntary sectors with the expertise required by communities, providers and performers.

The practical programme will be designed to develop higher-level skills in activities alongside developing coaching and leadership skills in delivery. The focus will be on Sailing, Climbing, Kayaking and Canoeing but other areas will also be introduced.

Shuttleworth College run a careers and work placement event each year attended by employers such PGL, Rockley and UKSA, and local providers such as Grafham Water Centre, Fairland’s Valley Outdoor Centre and Big Rock Climbing.

You will also work on learning/developing transferable skills including:

  • Leadership and management skills
  • Team working skills and the ability to motivate and inspire others
  • Group facilitation skills, allowing even those with a limited range of technical outdoor skills to work with groups
  • Written and oral communication skills and the ability to establish a rapport with a range of people
  • Customer service skills
  • Decision-making skills and the ability to stay calm in difficult and challenging situations
  • Planning and organisational skills
  • Financial skills, such as being able to manage a budget
  • Commercial awareness and marketing
  • Imaginative and innovative approach to working in the field
  • Flexibility in order to meet business and client needs

Additional costs



Mandatory/ Optional

Estimated cost

Instructor/Coaching Courses

1 and 2

Optional but encouraged

Variable depending on the National Governing Body and Level of Course e.g. £100+




Est. £300




Est. £100


1 and 2


Varies depending on trip




Course Polo and Softshell jacket. £55  


1 and 2


Require wetsuit (5mm) £100, wetsuit boots £30, walking boots £100, waterproof trouser £50, waterproof jacket £75 +fleeces, gloves, hats, sports/gym kit. (If already owned, no need to purchase)

Study requires extensive reading and access to reference works. Recommended texts are available in the Learning Resources Centre at College, however availability may be limited so students may wish to purchase their own copies.

1 and 2


Approximately £30

How to apply

To enrol on this course you must apply through the University & Colleges Admission Service (UCAS) using the institution code BEDF B23 and the course code N800. Visit or call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Course information & how to book

You will need to complete a UCAS online application form to apply for this course, available at The codes needed are located in the 'How to apply' section above. Please call the College on 01234 291000 if you have any queries about your application.

LengthStart DateFee per unitLocationCourse Code
1 year 18/09/2017 £630 Shuttleworth College H1636

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Additional Learning Support
If you have a specific learning difficulty or disability, problems with English and Maths, are deaf or hearing impaired, or missing the essential skills needed to complete your course, our Additional Learning Support team are on hand to give you assistance whenever you need it.  Find out more.

Autism & Asperger’s Syndrome Support
At Bedford College, we are committed to developing the provision for students on the autistic spectrum, including Asperger’s Syndrome.  Find out more.

We have access arrangements in place to help students with disabilities or any other particular needs. Call us on 01234 291000 for more information.

Additional formats
Course information sheets are also available in large print and audio formats. Call us on
01234 291000 to order your copy.
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