This sports coaching course prepares you to work in the sports coaching and leisure industry. It also provides the knowledge required to progress onto further study.
You must be physically fit to undertake the practical elements of the course.
A PVG will be required to undertake any coaching placements/work experience which may be included in the course.
What will I learn?
“Overall the course is very well organised and we are always progressing on to different things. Lecturers are really good at delivering classes and giving good information.” Jack Gardiner - 2019
“Going to schools coaching placements on a Thursday afternoon is really good as it gives me confidence that I can be a good coach. I enjoy how this course takes me out of my comfort zone especially when coaching different age groups with mixed abilities." Michael Fitzpatrick - 2019
“I really enjoyed my pool lifeguard course and leading sessions with nursery kids.” Megan McNeish - 2019
“I enjoyed the football on Wednesday afternoons as it was fun playing competitive games against class mates and other courses.” Josh Simpson - 2019
The course consists of Level 6 units which cover a range of practical and theoretical sports related subjects. Units can include:
- Basic Sports Coaching Techniques
- Human Physiology
- Circuit Training
A programme of team building and leadership skills is undertaken along with Level 6 Communications, First Aid certificate and national governing body sports awards.
96 % of students achieved Badminton Basics course with Badminton Scotland.
94 % of students achieved Positive Coaching Scotland Award.
Out of the nine students that started the National Pool Lifeguard Qualification, nine successfully passed and are now qualified Pool Lifeguards.
96% of students where trained by Badminton Scotland as line judges. These skills where used during the Badminton Scotland Open 2019.
94% of students successfully achieved the Getting Stated in Basketball Award through Basketball Scotland.
Employer and industry links
- Glasgow Life - Sport
- National Governing Bodies
- Local Authorities
- Active Schools
- Badminton Scotland
- Scottish Rugby
- Basketball Scotland
- Scottish Football Association
Jobs and further study
- Access to HNC Coaching and Developing Sport Level 6 (January to August)
- Access to HNC Football Coaching and Developing Sport
- HNC Football Coaching and Developing Sport
- HNC Coaching and Developing Sport
- HND Coaching and Developing Sport
- HNC Fitness, Health and Exercise
- HND Fitness, Health and Exercise
- Employment within the leisure and sports coaching industry.
Entry requirements (minimum)
- Three relevant subjects at National Level 5 with C pass or above, one of which must be English-based, or
- Any relevant Level 5 course such as NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 5) or Introduction to Sport and Fitness (Level 5) (January Start), including a pass at Level 5 Communications
- You must have an active interest in sport or fitness
- Entry will be by interview, a short test and two acceptable references to determine if you are suitable for this course
- We will consider your application if you can demonstrate an active interest in fitness or sport but have no formal qualifications.
- 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.
When you apply:
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
- The College’s 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 interview where you will be asked to discuss your interests and experience in sport and fitness. 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 interview. You will 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:
- 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
- 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.
- waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around about the course start date.
- unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the 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, 2 – 3 weeks before your course starts.