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 skills achieved will allow you to make other career decisions and follow different pathways within sport or other related industries. As well as participating in the course, you will be involved in practical work with various groups/clubs in the community.

  • Health & Wellbeing for Sports Performance 
  • Performance Practice
  • Observation and Analytic Skills
  • Communication Skills
  • Supporting, Mentoring, Motivational and Role Model Skills
  • Working effectively with different ages, stages and abilities
  • Ethical Practitioner 
  • 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
  • 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 SQA 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
  • HND: Coaching and Developing Sport SCQF Level 8
  • It is possible to progress on to a degree at university from this course - see our HE and Degree Pathways guide for more information
  • Successful completion of the HNC/HND may lead to career opportunities with a range of employers who include the following: Local Authorities, Sports & Leisure Trusts, Sports & National Governing Bodies, local sports organisations, private clubs/hotels. The types of role you would be prepared for include
    • Sports coaching and/or activity leadership,

    • Active school roles

    • Sports development

    • Disability sports development

    • Fitness/gym staff

    • Leisure centre staff

    • Swimming pool staff

    • Health and fitness staff

  • Student expenses may be required for specialist clothing etc.
  • 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