Coaching and Developing Sport HNC @ SCQF Level 7


This course will introduce you to 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, you will be required to pay for this. You will also be required to purchase a sports kit. 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

  • Two Highers at grade C or above; 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.

You may be invited for an information and interview session where 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 may be given a date and time slot to take part in an interview. You must confirm your interview appointment.

It is important that you prepare well for your interview. 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. 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.

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 1st or 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.

Careers in

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

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 region’s leading coaches.