Coaching and Developing Sport HND @ SCQF Level 8


This course will further develop 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 completed as part of this course, you will be required to pay for this. Further information will be provided at your ‘Information and Interview Session’.

Course code





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

Entry Requirements

A HNC Coaching and Developing Sport qualification along with a positive reference.

Information and Interview Session Requirements

Progressing students from Dumfries and Galloway College will not be required to attend an Interview session, however, you will be required to pass the HNC with a positive learner reference. 

For external applicants; during your information and interview session, 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.

Once we have received your application you will be given a date and time slot to take part in a phone interview. You must confirm your interview.

Course Content

You will study:

·         Fitness Conditioning in Sport,
·         Sports Mechanics,
·         Improving Coaching in Sport,
·         Coaching of Sports Performance Development,
·         Sports Development and Research, 
·         Psychology of Sports Coaching,


The course content is subject to change.


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


On successful completion of the course you can progress to university. Dependent on the university you may be able to gain entry to 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of study on related degree programmes.

Career Prospects

The HND Coaching and Developing Sport can offer you excellent career opportunities in the sports industry.

Previous students on this course have moved on to:

·         Further study at university
·         Scholarships abroad
Careers in:
·         Sport development
·         Community sport coaching
·         Coaching in professional sport
·         Teaching
·         Sports facilities management

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.