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Sport And Fitness
Langside Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications open January 2024

NQ Sports Coaching with Development (Level 6) course prepares you to work in the Sports Coaching and Sports Development industry. It also provides the knowledge required to progress to HND Coaching and Developing Sport or HND Fitness, Health and Exercise.

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?

The Sports Coaching with Development course consists of Level 6 units, which 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
  • Indoor games and sport
  • Circuit training
  • Sports development
  • Work / coaching placements
  • Working with others
  • Planning personal fitness
  • Swimming pool lifeguarding award

A programme of team building and leadership skills is undertaken along with a focus on gaining National Governing Body Awards where applicable, including Sports Hall Athletics, Introduction to Badminton Coaching, Getting Started in Basketball, Introduction to Volleyball, Handball Level 1, SFA Coaching Certificate at 1.1 and 1.2, CYQ Level 1 Assistant Gym Instructor Award and Pool Lifeguard.

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 facilites 

Jobs and further study

  • HND Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • HND Coaching and Developing Sport

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 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. 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 and may continue until the course starts in August
  • 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 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. 

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 qualifications that 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 about the course start date.
  4. 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 prior to your course starting.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3779