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Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Our NQ Advanced Sports Coaching and Development (Level 6) course is designed to ensure you have the essential knowledge and capabilities for a successful start in the dynamic field of sports coaching. It also provides a transition for those planning to pursue the HND Sports Coaching and Developing Sports course starting in August 2025.

Throughout your studies, you will gain various recognised National Governing Body awards with specific sports. You will also develop your sports coaching skills while acquiring insights and comprehension in the field of sports development.

What will I learn?

NQ Advanced Sports Coaching with Development (Level 6) consists of SQA Level 6 units, National Governing Body Awards and college devised subjects. These all cover a range of practical and theoretical Sports Coaching as well as Sport Development related units: 

  • Human physiology  
  • Basic sports coaching techniques  
  • Developing volunteers  
  • Leading sporting activities  
  • Outdoor education - cycling and skiing  
  • Playing and competing - indoor and outdoor games and sport  
  • Circuit training  
  • Sports development  
  • Work / coaching placements  
  • Working with others  
  • Planning personal fitness  
  • Swimming pool lifeguarding award  
  • Scouting and talent identification  

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.

A programme of team building, and leadership skills is undertaken along with a focus on gaining National Governing Body Awards where applicable. 


Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three relevant subjects at National Level 5 with C pass or above, or
  • Any relevant Level 5 course such as NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 5) or Introduction to Sport and Fitness (January Start), including a pass at Level 5 Communications
  • All applicants must have an active interest in sport or fitness
  • Entry will be by face to face interview
  • We will consider your application if you can demonstrate an active interest in fitness or sport but have no formal qualifications.

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

  • National Governing Bodies
  • Glasgow Life Sport
  • Local authorities including primary and secondary schools
  • Active School Co-ordinators
  • United Sports
  • Challenger Sports
  • Various fitness facilities 

Jobs and further study

  • HND Football Coaching and Developing Sport
  • HND Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • HND Coaching and Developing Sport
  • Former and current students have gained employment as pool lifeguards, football coaches, multi-sport coaches, specific sports related coaches, sports coordinator roles within the industry

Take a look at the course progression map for coaching and developing sport courses.

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: 

  • invited to book an interview session. You will be given a selection of dates to choose from for interview and must confirm your preferred date. Interviews will take place from February onwards. Please bring copies of your qualifications to the interview. The interview will take the form of a one to one discussion regarding your interests and experience related to the course. During the interview, you will hear about the course and will 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 and joining instructions. You will also be invited to attend 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 normally be sent out in August, 2-3 weeks before the course starts. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779