The course is designed to support those who wish to pursue a career within sports coaching and sports development. At the same time, many of the competences achieved will allow you to make other career decisions and follow different pathways within sport or other industries. As well as participating in the course, you will be involved in practical work with various groups/clubs in the community.

The course will increase your confidence when leading others, and allow you to develop interpersonal skills, team building, and flexible working whilst deepening your knowledge and skills in sports coaching and sports development. If you have a keen interest in this area and already participate regularly in sport, this is the course for you.

  • One year full-time
  • Part-time study is also available

Core Units

  • Sports coaching theory and practice
  • Conduct and ethics for sport and fitness practitioners
  • Anatomy, physiology and energy systems
  • Coaching of sports: an introduction
  • Work experience
  • Coaching children
  • Research in sport and fitness: an introduction
  • Coaching and development sport: graded unit 1

Optional Units

  • Assist in a sport or fitness related event
  • Strength and conditioning: an introduction
  • Psychology of sports coaching
  • Principles of fitness training
  • Fitness testing for sport
  • Health screening
  • Prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries

External Candidates

One of the following:

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above
  • A sport and fitness related course at SCQF Level 6
  • Relevant industrial experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • Pass a practical session
  • You will need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course

Internal Candidates

  • Advanced Certificate: Sport and Fitness (with a minimum of 13 assessed credits)
  • You will need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • Sports development assistant
  • Football development officer
  • Community sports coach
  • Health development officer
  • Leisure attendant/pool lifeguard
  • Community physical activity development
  • Youth work incorporating sport and fitness
  • Lifestyle coach
  • Active schools coordinator
  • Self-employment
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise