Sports Coaching and Development

Forth Valley College


Falkirk Campus


This course is designed to provide a foundation for anyone wishing to enter the field of Sports Coaching and Development.

The course will prepare students for entry into employment within the Sports Coaching & Sports Development industry or onto higher study at university.

There is also a PDA (Professional Development Award) in Sports Coaching at SCQF Level 7, which is embedded into the HNC in Sports Coaching and Development course. This PDA is jointly certificated by SportScotland and the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

You will study:
Sports Development 1; Human Anatomy, Physiology & Biomechanics in Sport; Sports Coaching & Development: Developing Professional Practice; Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Yourself; Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Others; Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Coaching; Sports Coaching and Development: Graded Unit 1; Coaching Children; Psychology of Sport and Exercise; First Aid for Sport & Fitness; Prevention & Rehabilitation of Sports Injuries.

Entry Requirements

Higher English and Physical Education plus 3 subjects at National 5 including Maths or a science subject, or NQ Pathway to Sports Coaching, or NQ Pathway to Fitness, Health and Exercise, or other relevant qualifications at SCQF Level 6. Interview and practical test. Current active involvement within sport and a strong interest in sports coaching.

You will require a satisfactory criminal record check from Disclosure Scotland to show that you are suitable for this type of course. Contact Disclosure Scotland for details on the type you would need.

Progression Routes

Year 3 of a related degree programme

Start Date




Study Method

Full time

Course Length

1 year



SCQF Level