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Mode of Study
2 years full-time
Start Date
September 2020


Sport is an increasingly large part of people’s lives, whether it's for health, fitness, participation, excellence or just for enjoyment.

This HND Sports Management and Coaching course gives you the knowledge and skill that you need to start a successful career where sport is delivered and managed in the community.

You'll learn about the evolution of sports development and cover topics such as sports coaching, marketing, sport and society, event management and small business enterprise. You'll get to apply your skills on a work placement and by running events and coaching sessions in the community.

By the end of the course, you'll have skills, knowledge and experience that will help you flourish in the global sports community and business environment.

Location – course delivered in London

This course takes place at Stanmore College in London. While studying at Stanmore College, you can access our student support services and community including study support, the Students’ Union and our library's online resources. Stanmore College is located in northwest London in the Borough of Harrow. It's in a leafy green suburb with excellent transport links, and just 10 minutes walk from Stanmore underground station. 

What you'll experience

On this course, you'll:

  • Get an insight into how to use sport to develop community opportunities and enhance people’s lives
  • Develop your expertise in delivering high-quality coaching within a community setting
  • Learn the skills and knowledge you need to excel in the sports management and development industry
  • Develop your business and marketing skills and learn how to use them in the sports industry
  • Have opportunities to apply what you learn in the community, for example, by running coaching sessions and events
  • Access the latest learning resources, journals and publications
  • Be taught by staff who have industry experience
  • Get experience of working in the sports industry on a work placement
  • Study at Stanmore College in London

Careers and opportunities

The topics you'll study on this course are varied, so you'll have plenty of options open to you when you finish the course.

What can you do with a Sports Management and Coaching HND?

You could start a career in areas such as sports coaching, sports development, teaching, event management. You'll also have transferable business skills you can apply in any type of industry.

Once you pass this course, you'll also have the opportunity to progress onto the final year of the BSc (Hons) Sports Management and Development course.

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Utilising areas such as sports sociology, business, event management and coaching, this course equips you with the knowledge you need to enter the sports industry or to continue your studies and gain a full undergraduate degree.

Dr Kieren McEwan, Programme Coordinator

What you'll study on this HND Sports Management and Coaching course


Core modules in this year include:

  • Physical Activity, Lifestyle and Health
  • The Sports Landscape
  • Coaching Practice and Skill Development
  • Activity Leadership
  • Project Management
  • Inclusive Sport
  • Operations Management and Leadership
  • Community Coaching

Core modules in this year include:

  • Entrepreneurism in Sport
  • Sport, Health and Society
  • Coaching Special Populations
  • Understanding and Evaluating Initiatives
  • Event Management
  • Work Experience
  • Research Project

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

In year 2, you'll do a work-based learning module. This allows you to put your knowledge into practice in the workplace and get valuable experience that will enhance your CV and make you more employable.

Our Careers and Employability service can also help you identify further placements, internships and voluntary roles during the course.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you advice so you can reach your potential.


There's an emphasis on interactive teaching on this course, giving you the chance to take a leading role in your own learning. Teaching methods include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • workshops and discussion groups
  • tutorials
  • practical and coaching sessions
  • work-based learning (during your placement in year 2)

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2

How you're assessed​

The way you're assessed on this course reflects the requirements of the professional sports industry. You'll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • reports
  • projects, portfolios and case studies
  • practical demonstrations
  • oral assessments through presentations or discussion groups

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

Entry requirements​

HND Sports Management and Coaching entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 64 points from A levels, or equivalent.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

​Course costs

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £6,165 per year (may be subject to annual increase)

This course isn't open to international students.

Note these fees are based on undergraduate courses starting in 2020.

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren't included in the tuition fees. So you'll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £100 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.

Contact our Housing Support Team if you need help and advice about accommodation.


How to apply

To start this course in 2020, apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – C610
  • our institution code – P80

If you’d prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • speak with lecturers and chat with our students 
  • get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

If you're new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

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