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Sports Coaching NQ

(SCQF level 6)

Sport & Fitness, Hospitality and Leisure

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Mode of Study


Start Date

31st Aug 2020, 1 year


City Campus

Applications from International Students Welcome


This course will introduce and develop the skills and knowledge you’ll need for sports coaching. The principles of good coaching practice are examined. A wide practical and theoretical knowledge of games and sports is developed alongside knowledge of fitness training methods.

You'll lead practical coaching sessions with young people in college and schools.  An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check will require to be successfully completed before you do this. You'll also have the opportunity to qualify for sports coaching awards from national governing bodies.

The course is placed on the Scottish Credit Qualifications Framework at Level 6. For more information on the framework visit:

Entry requirements

Minimum entry requirements

  • Three National 5 qualifications at Grade C or above including PE and English; OR
  • National Qualification at SCQF level 5 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.
  • As this is a practical course, a good level of practical performance fitness is required.
  • You will take part 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:

  • Sporting Activities, eg Basketball, Badminton, or Volleyball.
  • NPA Exercise and Fitness.
  • NPA Sport and Fitness.
  • Coaching and Development.
  • Sport and Recreation.
  • Developing Volunteering.

After the course


This course prepares you for a career as a sports development officer, sports co-ordinator, or other similar positions.

Continuing Study

Students could go on to study a sports-based course at HNC/D level.

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