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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks (August - January)

Fundamentals of Sports Coaching and Fitness (Level 5) prepares you to work in the Sport, Fitness and Active Leisure industry at a basic level or to continue your studies.

You will play and coach a wide variety of indoor and outdoor sports such as basketball, volleyball, swimming, badminton, gymnastics, football, rugby and athletics.

Throughout your studies, you will gain various recognised National Governing Body awards with specific sports.

What will I learn?

While studying Fundamentals of Sports Coaching and Fitness (Level 5), you may cover a variety of theoretical and practical sports and exercise subjects from the following: 

  • National Governing Body Awards in various sports
  • Leading sporting activities
  • Developing volunteering in sport
  • Outdoor activities: mountain biking, hill walking and skiing 
  • Introduction to the theory of coaching and instructing various population groups 
  • Nutrition and wellbeing
  • Exercise skills: including resistance training, spin classes, boxing and kettle bells 

Please note: A Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check will be required to undertake any coaching placements/work experience which may be included in the course.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three passes at National 4
  • Any relevant level 4 course such as NQ Introduction to Sport and Fitness (Level 4), NQ Football Performance (Level 4) or NQ Sport and Fitness Activities (Level 4) 
  • We will consider your application if you can demonstrate an active interest in sport or fitness but have no formal qualifications 
  • You must be physically fit to undertake the practical elements of this course

Entry requirement equivalency table 

If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area. 

Employer and industry links

The college has excellent links with: 

  • National Governing Bodies 
  • Glasgow Life Sport 
  • Local authorities 
  • Professional organisations 

Jobs and further study

This course is designed to enable you to progress to various SCQF Level 5 and 6 courses January 2024 such as: 

  • Fundamentals of Sports Coaching and Fitness (Level 5) January start 2025
  • NQ Advanced Sports Coaching and Development (Level 6) 
  • NQ Football Performance & Coaching In partnership with Celtic Soccer Academy - Level 6  
  • Former students have accessed employment as Leisure Centre Attendants and Pool lifeguards.   
  • Former students have gained employment as multisport coaches and sport specific coaches  

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

When you apply

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • made a direct offer (unconditional or conditional) 
  • invited to book an interview session. You will be given a selection of dates to choose from for the interview and must confirm your preferred date. When you attend the interview, you must bring a copy of your qualifications. The interview will take the form of a one-to-one discussion regarding your interest and experience related to the course. During the interview, you will hear about the course and get the chance to ask any questions. 
  • advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • we aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place. 
  2. Conditional offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a Reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days. 

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. You will also be sent details on an information day. This normally takes place in June and will give you the chance to meet other students on your course, get a tour of the college, meet some ex-students and get a chance to speak to people from the industry.  

You will also be sent information about the induction date. This will take place in August, 2–3 weeks before your course starts

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779