The Level 5  Higher Nationals Diploma (HND) is a two year course. During your first year you will study a Level 4 Higher Nationals Certificate (HNC). Upon successful completion of the first year, you will progress onto the second year to study the Level 5 HND which will then enable you to progress onto Level 6 Degree Top-Up programme at many Universities.

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Full-time. 5 pm to 8 pm + autonomous study.


Level 4, and level 5 (240 credits)


18 to 24 months

The courses are open all year round and students can register in any month, as soon as there is a place. 


€390,00 per month.  

Tuition fees exclude registration fees of €400.00 

* Prime School Students qualify for a special discount


Classroom and project classes. It also includes online classes.


1 Month in Portugal 

1 Month in USA 

Higher National Diploma in Physical Education

Garner the personal development skills required to be a great professional.

Prepare yourself for the 21st-century. Develop your interest in Sport and Exercise Science that leads to primary or secondary school physical education (PE), school sports development, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, or in teaching children with special educational needs. The Higher National Diploma in Physical Education provides its learner the realistic and appropriate career-related opportunities worldwide for 21st-century employment markets.

Is this course right for me?

Sport and Exercise Science lends itself to a range of careers in sports and fitness as well as other industries, for example, nutritionist, physiotherapy, and chiropractic practice. Some careers that you could consider doing with PE include Sports science, PE teacher, Physiotherapist, Professional Sportsperson, Sports Coach/Consultant, Sports Policy Adviser at the local and national level, Diet and fitness instructor, and Personal trainer.


Why Choose Sport & Exercise Science?

What is this course about? Gain an in-depth understanding of high-quality teaching with a range of practical modules including; Teaching Games, Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Athletics, Swimming, Basketball, Football, Ping-Pong, Tennis, and Alternative Activities in PE. You will also analyze and practice a range of teaching approaches with the chance to tailor your degree to your career goals and interests with optional modules that you can view in the course map.

Students can focus on their career aspirations or work area within the specification in which there are many specialist pathways, in Primary and Secondary PE or Sport Premium. Tutors have carefully chosen units of study that complement students' interests and what universities/ employers are looking for.

The course is designed to replicate the Sport and Physical Science working environment, therefore you will; Gain a broad understanding of business and be able to study selected areas in more depth. Develop skills, knowledge, and understanding in business. Have an opportunity to apply learning in a practical and realistic way. Follow a programme of study which enables progression to both higher education and employment within the business. Develop personal, learning, and thinking skills, which are highly valued by employers and universities. Gain confidence through developing independent learning skills.


With the internship, students will experience the application of theoretical knowledge that they gain during the previous semesters. Internship experience gives students insight into professional business practices, helps them to have a comprehensive understanding of different units of a company, to identify their career goals and it offers an opportunity to improve their social skills by interacting with employees in the companies. Moreover, nowadays, companies attach great importance to internship experience and give more chances in the recruitment process to graduates who have developed themselves in different fields. 

To graduate from the Prime International College Business Administration Department, students have to have a minimum of 20 days of internship experience in a company approved by the Internship Committee from the other graduation requirements. 
To start an internship, all students have to complete a minimum of 150 ECTS of courses. Students are expected to provide the following; 

  • To identify a problem at the company and offer solutions;

  • To identify similarities and dissimilarities between the courses and the performed business activities during the internship;

  • To write a report about experiences and give a presentation before the Internship Committee


Higher National Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science  

The Level 5 HND in Sport & Exercise Science requires two years’ study with the College. Throughout the course, you will be required to complete 15 core, optional and specialized modules (eight in year 1 and seven in year 2).

To achieve the qualification, a student must have completed units equivalent to 120 credits at level 4 and 120 credits at level 5 and scored at least a pass in 105 credits at level 4 and 105 credits at level 5, amounting to 210 + credits.

You will be assessed in each module that you take usually with 2 or 3 pieces of work. The majority of our assessments are through coursework that will range from practical teaching episodes, lesson design, teaching resource design, presentations, DVD production, essays, and many more. We vary assessment methods to allow students to develop a range of skills that will be essential in a teaching career.

You will study the following units:


YEAR 2 - Level 5 HND

Unit 9: Entrepreneurship and Small Business Management (15 credits)

Unit 11: Research Project (30 credits) 

Unit 12: Organisational Behaviour (15 credits) 

Unit 17: Understanding and Leading Change (15 credits) 

Unit 32: Business Strategy (15 credits)

Unit 35: Developing Individuals, Teams and Organisations (15 credits)

Unit 41: Brand Management (15 credits)

Unit 42: Planning for Growth (15 credits) 

Total Credits: 210+

Course Structure - 1st Year

1st YEAR  - Level 4 HNC

Level 4 - Your first year serves as the foundation for your development as a teacher covering much of the base knowledge needed to be an effective teacher.

Explore the purpose and value of a well-designed PE programme, how to plan and deliver engaging and effective lessons and how to ensure your teaching is inclusive yet challenging.

Plenty of practical experience will be found in your Teaching Games and Physical Literacy modules as well as opportunities to develop knowledge in Health Related Exercise, Adapted Physical Activity, Gymnastics and Dance.

Course Content:

Unit 1: Nutrition 

Unit 2: Fundamentals os Sport & Exercise Psychology

Unit 3. Anatomy & Physiology

Unit 4: Professional Skills

Unit 5: Coaching Practice & Skill Development

Unit 6: Training, Fitness, Testing

Unit 7:Physical Activity, Lifestyle & Health

Unit 8: Lifestyle Coaching

Unit 9: Biomechanics

Unit 10: Technology in Sport

Unit 11: Injury Prevention

Unit 12: Community Coaching

Unit 13: Sports Massage

Unit 14: Research Project 

Unit 15: Advanced Coaching 

Unit 16: Performance Analysis 

Unit 17: Talent Identification & Development

Unit 18: Exercise Prescription

Total Credits: 120

Course Structure - 2nd Year

2nd YEAR - Level 5 HND

Level 5 - Building on the knowledge gained at level 4, here we challenge you to develop your own teaching philosophy based on your experiences and values.

You will explore a range of teaching models and learning theory.

More practical experience is offered in Athletics and Outdoor and Adventurous Activities alongside the opportunity to create a unit of work to be used in a school as one your flagship assessments.

The opportunity to tailor your programme with optional modules is a key feature of the course.

Course Content:

Unit 19: Contemporary Issues in Health

Unit 20: Health Community Engagement

Unit 21: Sport & Exercise for Specific Groups

Unit 22: Physical Education & School Sport

Unit 23: Physical Literacy

Unit 24: Personal & Professional Development

Unit 25: Work Experience 

Unit 26: Exercise Physiology

Unit 27:Advanced Nutrition

Unit 28: Leadership & Management

Unit 29: Teaching Practice

Unit 30: Entrepreneurism in Sport

Unit 31: Biochemestry of Exercise

Unit 32: Psychology for Performance

Unit 33: Strengh & Conditioning for Coaching 

Unit 34: Innovations in Coaching 

Unit 35: Contemporary Issues in Coaching

Unit 36: Applied Lifestyle Coaching

Unit 37: Sport Rehabilitation

Total Credits: 240 

Undergraduate Courses

Undergraduate Courses (Level 4/5/6)

Level 4 courses come in the form of 1st year of a bachelor's programme or HNC (Higher National Certificate). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 2nd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for)

Level 5 courses come in the form of the 2nd year of a bachelor's programmes or an HND (Higher National Diploma). Depending on the type of associate degree a student may be able to start their 3rd year of bachelors (The course must be the same as the one they are applying for). 

Graduate Course

Graduate Course (Level 6)

Level 6 courses, Physical Education (BSc Hons),  are the final component in a bachelor’s degree.  Your dissertation is a final year research project based on a topic of your choice which provides a fantastic opportunity to develop expertise in a specific area. The practical experience continues in the Alternative Activities (Parkour, Golf, Skateboarding, and mountain biking to name a few) and Swimming modules. 

Throughout your degree, there are opportunities to develop your CV through the enhancement programme. We offer a range of courses each year from coaching qualifications, such the FA Primary/Secondary Teachers Awards, to workshops and guest seminars on key topics. The perfect preparation for a career in teaching.

Students who successfully completed Higher National Diploma in Physical Education qualification can progress onto Degree Top-Up programme at many universities such as the University of Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire New University, Teesside University, University of Sunderland, Buckinghamshire New University, University of Huddersfield, London Metropolitan University, Oxford Brookes University, University of Gloucestershire, University of Worcester, University of South Wales, Tranmere Rovers FC, Northampton Town FC, Precision Reading Football Academy, AFDA Football – Whetstone, Forest Sports Education, The Football College – Bury FC. 


Teaching and Administrative Services

Our lecturers are highly qualified, with experience and achievements ranging from qualified teachers and specialist sports coaches to research-active scholars and curriculum development consultants. The course includes a balance of theory and practical learning. You will typically be in timetabled sessions for 16-18 hours per week. Debates, discussions, problem-solving tasks, and real-world scenarios form a large part of our approach to teaching on the course.

The college gives high priority to both teaching and administrative services. It employs suitably qualified academic personnel who are dedicated to carrying out teaching responsibilities with care & professionalism. The college also has an experienced administrative team to oversee the overall administration of the college.

College policies are closely aligned to the UK's Quality Code for Higher Education, for quality education. We are committed to providing our students with a quality education experience that benefits their learning and development as individuals.

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