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HND Sports Coaching and Development Year 1

Campus Granton Campus

Qualification SCQF Level 8

Study mode Full time

Duration 41 weeks

Start date Aug 2022

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Course overview

The HND in Sports Coaching and Development provides the knowledge and skills necessary to work as a professional within the sector. The topics covered range from human anatomy, physiology and biomechanics to sports coaching, sports development and professional practice — including research skills.

This qualification will provide you with structured opportunities to experience the culture required for successful employment in the sports coaching industry. It will allow you to develop confidence and interpersonal and leadership skills while enhancing your knowledge and expertise in sports coaching.

Year 1 includes a stand-alone, industry-recognised Professional Development Award in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 7. Year 2 advances the PDA in Sports Coaching to SCQF level 8. 

What you will learn

You will learn methods and techniques used in the sports industry to develop yourself as a sports coaching practitioner, which could ultimately lead to a range of employment opportunities.

You’ll be encouraged to take responsibility for your own learning and develop transferable and employability skills such as; independent research, planning, evaluating, presenting and working in a team.

How the course is assessed

For both years, course assessment is ongoing throughout two 18 week blocks. Methods of assessment are varied and can include: written assessments, oral presentations, group exercises, projects, case studies and practical exercises.

Number of days per week

  • 4-5

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 2 Higher passes at grade A-C.
  • Other relevant and similarly levelled qualifications will be considered such as:
  • NPAs at Higher level in appropriate subject areas (Sport and Recreation/Sports Development/Achieving Excellence in Sport)
  • BTEC Level 3 Diploma or Subsidiary Diploma in Sport
  • S/NVQs at level 3
  • SGAs at Higher level in an appropriate subject area (Sport/Fitness).
  • A minimum of 2 GCE AS and/or A levels at grade A-C in relevant subjects.
  • You should be able to provide evidence of, or are expecting to meet, the minimum entry requirements by August 2022. 
  • You should currently be participating regularly in coaching and physical activities. 
  • Being able to achieve a suitable level of clearance through the PVG scheme will be expected of all applicants.

You may be a candidate who comes from a non-traditional route such as a mature returnee or one who wishes to change career or perhaps retrain following a career break to raise a family. In these or other cases we would take into account work experience, life skills and potential ability. You may be expected to submit a brief written assignment or essay, before the interview, to provide some indication of academic standing and communication skills.

Information on Tests / Auditions / Interview Requirements

The interview process (dependant on the public health status) may include any of the following:

  1. One to one interview with a member of the sports team
  2. A discussion on your aims, objectives and personal goals
  3. Practical assessment to include sports participation and problem solving/team building activities

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS 6.5

Progression and Articulation Routes

From HND year one you may progress onto HND year 2 or be able to access a range of Degree level courses at Universities across Scotland and the UK in relevant subject areas. Although not guaranteed, examples could include:

  • BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching, year 2 entry at Edinburgh Napier University
  • BSc (Hons) Sport and Fitness, year 2 entry at University of Highlands and Islands 
  • BA (Hons) Sports Management, year 2 entry at University of Highlands and Islands 

From HND year two you may be able to access a range of Degree level courses similar to the above but at direct entry for year 3.

We strongly advise contacting universities directly to discuss potential progression routes with them 

Career options

You may gain direct entry to employment in a coaching or sports development capacity in a range of fitness or sports-based environments such as:

  • Private sport and fitness clubs.
  • Local authority sports centres and clubs.
  • Hotels and conference centres with health and fitness facilities.
  • Sports clubs that require coaching and sports development personnel to support training players/athletes.
  • School and community sports clubs and projects.

Study Options

Campus Study mode Start date Duration
Granton Campus Full time 29/08/22 41 Weeks

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