Coaching and Developing Sport HNC @ SCQF Level 7


This course will introduce the skills and knowledge you will need for a career in sports coaching and/or sports development. Together we will examine the principles of good coaching practice, as well as developing your practical and theoretical knowledge of coaching and sports development.

A PVG (Protecting Vulnerable Groups)check must be successfully completed as part of this course. The learner will be required to pay for this. Learners will also be required to purchase a sports kit. Further information will be provided at your ?Information and Interview Session?.




Full Time 2 or 3 days per week, additional hours for work experience and attendance in the evening may be required.

Entry Requirements

  • Two Highersat grade C; OR
  • SCQF level 6 qualification in a sports related subject; OR
  • Other equivalent qualifications or experience.

If you are currently studying at Dumfries & Galloway College, you will also require a positive progressing learner reference.

All applicants will be invited for an information and interview sessionwhere you will get the opportunity to find out more about the course and tell us why you are interested in this subject area.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Once we have received your application you will be asked to attend an informal information and interview session. This may be virtual either through TEAMS or by phone but remember to tell us all about yourself in your personal statement!

This is a key aspect of the application process. You must confirm your attendance should you be offered an appointment.

During the information and interview session, we will ensure the entry requirements and your aspirations and career plan are appropriate for the course and the level of course you have applied for. It is therefore important that you prepare well for this.

During your interview you will be expected to provide positive responses to questions relating to your course choice, your future career and your previous experiences in sport & fitness.

Course Content

You will study:

Sports Coaching Theory and Practice,
Anatomy, Physiology and Energy Systems,
Coaching of Sports
Sports Development
Work Placement
Assisting with Sport Events
Strength and Conditioning
Coaching Children

*The course content is subject to change.


Assessment is ongoing throughout the year and includes practical assessments and project work.


Students may apply to progress to the HND in Coaching and Developing Sport.Dependent on the university, you may be able to gain entry to 1stor 2nd year of study on related degree programmes.

Career Prospects

The HNC in Coaching and Developing Sport can offer you excellent career opportunities in the sport & fitness industry.

Previous students on this course have moved on to:

A HND in Coaching and Developing Sport

Careers in

Sport development
Community sports coaching
Coaching in professional sport
Sports facilities supervisory roles

Additional funding information

You should apply to the Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS). Please visit for further details.

Selling Points

You will be taught by sports coaching staff with significant industry experience and a proven track record of bringing out the best in their students.

Learners can also expect:

  • Extensive opportunity to coach and lead activities in the community.
  • Access to training opportunities with some of the regions leading coaches.