180417GCC JLX5043
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 Years (August to June)

This coaching and developing sport course will give you the underpinning knowledge and practical coaching skills you need to pursue a career in a sports-related field or to progress to Higher Education.

A PVG will be required to undertake the mandatory placement that is embedded in the course.

What will I learn?

“The course is challenging however there is support throughout the way and you get to learn things that you may not have before such as psychology or anatomy. It helped me improve on presentations, coaching placements and coaching sessions. The course is a huge stepping stone to university and following future plans which although challenging very rewarding." Robyn Neely - 2019

“The course is not just a case of lecture after lecture, there is an equal hand on approach to learning through coaching sessions and having guest speakers.” 
Katie Preston - 2019

“This course is given me tools I need to move onto university and achieve my goal.”
Rachel Larkin - 2019

“As a mature student coming back to education after 23 years it has help me to go back to follow my dreams in becoming a sports coach.” Jennifer Moran - 2019

“The course provides various opportunities such as networking with Active schools and national Governing Bodies. It allows students to gain experience and achieve coaching awards which can lead to employment within these organisations.”
Michael Devine - 2019

Year One:

  • Sports Coaching Theory
  • Coaching Children
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Conduct and Ethics
  • First Aid
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Development
  • Research
  • Coaching of Sport: An Introduction
  • Graded Unit 1
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Inclusive Sport
  • Fitness Testing
  • Nutrition
  • Principles of Fitness
  • Psychology of Sports Coaching

Year Two:

  • Sports Mechanics
  • Nutrition
  • Fitness Conditioning
  • Improving Coaching
  • Coaching or Sports Performance Development
  • Sports Development and Research
  • Graded Unit 2
  • Graded Unit 3
  • Inclusive Sports Coaching
  • Personal Development Planning
  • Current Exercise Trends
  • Managing a Sports or Fitness Related Event
  • Psychology of Sports Performers.

Please note: that all students will have to purchase a college sports kit at a cost of approximately £50.

Employer and industry links

The College has excellent links with:

  • National Governing Bodies
  • Glasgow Life Sport
  • Local Authorities including primary and Secondary schools
  • Active School Co-ordinators
  • United Sport
  • Scottish Football Association
  • Basketball Scotland
  • Badminton Scotland
  • Scottish Rugby
  • Celtic Football Club

Articulation Routes


  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at University of the West of Scotland
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Development at University of the West of Scotland
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports and Development at University of the West of Scotland
  • 2rd year entry to BA (Hons) Sports Studies at Stirling University
  • 2nd or 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) in Sports Development and Coaching at Abertay University 
  • BSC (Hons) Sports Coaching at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen) - Three A passes in Graded Units for entry into 3rd year and A/B passes for 2nd year entry.  This course will allow you to move unto:

                           • Postgraduate in Teaching (e.g. Physical Education)
                           • Sports Science Intership (Masters, PhD)
                           • Coaching Psychology
                           • Performance Analysis
                           • Health Promotion Officer
                           • Strength and Conditioning Coaching


Jobs and further study

  • Further study at university
  • Employment in the sports and fitness industry.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers at C or above, one of which must be English-based
  • A relevant level 6 qualification in sport such as NC Sport and Exercise (Level 6), NQ Health and Fitness (Level 6), NQ Sports Coaching (Level 6), NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 6) - must include Communications at Level 6 or a pass in study skills unit at Level 6
  • Demonstrable active interest in sport or fitness
  • Two acceptable references
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • If you have an active interest in sport or fitness but don't meet the academic requirements, you could still be considered for this course. However, you will need to successfully complete an entrance exam
  • If you have a relevant HNC, it may be possible to access Year 2 of the HND. Please contact the Faculty directly.

    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.

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?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • If you meet the entry requirements or have qualifications pending you will then be invited in for an interview
  • Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August
  • When you attend the interview, you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s. Our Admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it, before bringing it along to your interview along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications
  • If you are unable to bring these documents to the interview, you will be unable to be offered an unconditional offer.

The interview will take the form of a group or individual interview where you will be asked to discuss your interests and experience in Sport and Fitness. A practical session may also be included. 

During the interview, you will hear about the course and then carry out a short written paper. Your qualifications and references will be checked followed by a group or individual interview. You will also get the chance to ask any questions about the course.

After you have attended your interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 1 – 2 weeks. The outcome would be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional 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 place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualification which you may not be able to provide us until August. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place.
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around the course start date
  4. Unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting the place.

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 industry.

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

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779