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Coaching and Developing Sport HNC

(SCQF level 7)

Sport & Fitness, Hospitality and Leisure

Applications closed

Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course introduces and develops the skills and knowledge you’ll need for a career in sports coaching. Together we'll examine the principles of good coaching practice, as well as developing a wide range of practical and theoretical knowledge of games and sports. Work experience is included on HN programmes and you will also have the opportunity to qualify for Sports Coaching awards from national governing bodies.

You'll lead practical coaching sessions, in college and in schools. An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check must be successfully completed before you coach young people in schools.

This course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 7. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Two Highers at Grade C or above including English (or Modern Studies, History, Geography, Media Studies); OR
  • NQ/NC qualification at SCQF level 6 in a Sports related subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

Additional selection requirements

  • You’ll be invited for a group and/or individual interview where you’ll get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you’re interested in this subject area.
  • You will also be expected to participate in a practical section of the interview where you will be asked to participate in a selection of short fitness tests and lead on a 5 min skill/game related practice that you will have to prepare prior to the day.

ESOL entry requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English should have minimum ESOL Intermediate level 2 or equivalent for NC/NQ courses and ESOL Higher for HNC/D courses.

What you study

You’ll study:

  • Sports Coaching Theory and Practice.
  • Principles of Fitness Training.
  • Anatomy Physiology and Energy Systems.
  • Sports Mechanics.
  • Events Management in Sport.
  • Coaching of Sports Level One.
  • Psychology of Sports Coaching.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career in sports as a Sports Development Officer, or a Sports Co-ordinator.

Continuing Study

After successfully completing this course, you can progress on to:

  • Year 1 or 2 of BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at University of the West of Scotland.
  • Year 1 or 2 of BA (Hons) Sports Development at University of the West of Scotland.

Additional Information


A practical kit must be purchased and you will need a whistle and stopwatch.

  • Mode of Study:
  • Start Date:
    31st Aug 2020, 1 year
  • Location:
    City Campus
  • Applications from International Students Welcome