HNC Sports Coaching & Development (Schools)

***PLEASE NOTE - only pupils who will be at school during session 2024/25 can apply for this course***

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

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).

The course is designed to prepare students for entry into employment within the Sports Coaching & Sports Development industry or onto Higher study at university.

The College has close links with local councils and voluntary based sporting organisations throughout Forth Valley and many students complete their coaching placement hours within these organisations. 

The deadline for applications is Friday 19 April 2024 but early applications are encouraged.

Falkirk Campus: Tuesdays: 9.00am-3.40pm Wednesdays 1.50pm-3.40pm and Fridays 9.00am-12.55pm

Academic Progress will be relayed to school on a regular basis (twice per block)

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 

Career opportunities available in both public and private sectors in:

• Sports Coaching
• Sports Development
• Sports and Leisure Facilities Management

Pupils can apply for advanced entry into a relevant degree programmes at a number of universities within Scotland.

Clear Protection of Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check required. Further information on the PVG Scheme will be issued to successful applicants prior to enrolment.

Current active involvement within sport and a strong interest in sports coaching. 

Plus one of the following:

Two Highers at grade C or above, including Physical Education and English (Communication 4/Literature 1 also accepted) and three National 5 awards (or equivalent) preferably including Maths (or Applications of Maths) or a Science subject at grade C or above.

Alternative Sports based qualifications at SCQF level 6 (Sports Leaders, Duke of Edinburgh, NPAs and NGB awards) will also be considered.


• Current or recent coaching/volunteering experience within club based sport.


Attendance at a group based course information and Q&A session.

Additional requirements:

• Pupils will be required to purchase personal equipment (e.g. sports clothing) at the commencement of the academic term. • Pupils will be expected to commit to external coaching commitments in their own time throughout the duration of the course.

Further advice for School College Programme and Foundation Apprenticeship applications:

• Please ensure you have an online account before starting your application
• Before starting the application process, please ensure you already hold or are working towards the relevant entry qualifications required for the course you are applying for
• Ensure you use your own personal email address when creating your online account
• Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email immediately
• If you do not receive an acknowledgement e-mail immediately, please check your SPAM/Junk folder
• Please include as much detail as possible in your personal statement such as; the reason you are applying, future career plans, relevant experience, hobbies and interests
• Disclosing support needs in your application will not affect your chances of being offered a place on a course at Forth Valley College
• If your application is successful, you will be invited to an information session
• If your application is unsuccessful, you should speak to a guidance teacher or SDS school liaison officer.
• If you are unable to attend the information session or wish to withdraw your application, please email the School Partnership team -


Falkirk Campus

Start date

11 June 2024

SCQF Level

Level 7