SCQF Level 5
Sport & Fitness

Course Overview

Sports Activity Leadership is a stepping stone towards a rewarding career in sports coaching or the leisure industry. This course is designed to develop the essential knowledge and practical skills you will need to lead sporting activities. Edinburgh College has vital industry connections and you will spend three days a week on work placement gaining valuable practical experience in the industry; putting your leadership skills into practice. To succeed in this course you will need to have a good level of communication, an active interest in sport, fitness, working with children and be physically fit. 

What You Will Learn

  • Leading Sports and Physical Activities 
  • Sports Officiating 
  • Coaching Experience 
  • Child Protection 
  • Participation in Games and Sports such as: Volleyball, Rugby, Hockey, Football, Basketball, Badminton and Mini Tennis 
  • Level 2 Sports Leadership  
  • Resistance Training  
  • Human Physiology  
  • Health and Wellbeing 
  • Entry Level Coaching Awards in Tennis
  • Communication 
  • ICT 
  • Numeracy 

Entry Requirements

  • Three passes at National 4 in relevant subject areas, English and/or a science subject would be advantageous but not essential 
  • Appropriate experience would be helpful either from placements undertaken at school or other involvement in the industry 
  • If you do not have the formal requirements but you are a mature student, wanting to change career or have taken a career break to raise a family you are welcome to apply 
  • In these or other cases we would consider work experience, life skills and potential ability 

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

You will be continually assessed through written tests, group exercises and practical exercises. You will put together practical and written evidence in the form of a portfolio. 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements

  • You will be invited to attend an interview where you will be expected to demonstrate a knowledge of and active participation in fitness health and exercise activities 
  • This will include a practical element 
  • The interview session may also include some written work to assess your general knowledge in fitness, health and exercise anatomical systems and identify your personal aims objectives and potential career path 
  • There will be a one to one discussion with a member of the sport and fitness team 

Progression And Articulation Routes
  • NPA in Sports Development
  • HNC/D in Coaching and Developing Sport
Download our progression route map here
Career Opportunities
It may be possible for you to gain direct entry to employment in positions such as;
  • an activity leader in sport and recreation
  • leisure assistant
  • assistant coach
  • lifeguard
  • after school club leader.
Number Of Days Per Week/Day Of The Week/Time Of The Day
  • 4 per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Start Date(s)

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • 24/08/2020
End Date(s)

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • 11/06/2021
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