Sport Coaching and Performance Pathway (Football, Fitness or Multi-Sports) SCQF Level 5

What is special about this course?

The world of sport and fitness offers a wide range of exciting and satisfying careers across coaching, fitness, outdoor adventure tourism and health promotion.

This course will provide you with a background knowledge of duties in the sport and fitness industry. As well as gaining educational skills, you will participate in a work placement over the year to enhance your employability skills in one of the three areas:

  • football
  • fitness
  • multi-sport

You will also have opportunity to explore several aspects of sport and fitness studies in a theoretical and practical way and visit local and regional leisure facilities. It will also give you the opportunity to participate in a residential trip at the end of the academic year.

Special features:

  • This course is ideal to enhance your practical skills
  • You will have the opportunity to coach and instruct in the community
  • You will build your confidence, leadership and communication skills
  • Small student numbers mean there is a close working relationship between you and the staff
  • You will benefit from strong industry connections which can increase employment opportunities
  • There may be opportunity for you to gain your National Pool Lifeguard qualification alongside other Governing Body coaching awards

This course is designed with industry experience at the forefront. As part of your course, you will choose a pathway in either:

  • football
  • fitness
  • multi-sport

and will spend a few hours each week working within your chosen industry. 



Entry requirements

  • Three National 4s (including PE) OR
  • a SCQF Level 4 course.
  • Applications are encouraged from prospective students without the standard entry requirements as listed above

If you do not have an appropriate PE qualification, you will be invited to attend a practical assessment.

Category 1 PVG course: PVG Scheme membership is required to successfully achieve target qualification, where there is guaranteed contact with vulnerable groups in key elements of the course. Students on courses up to and including HND level have the cost of their application paid for. For further information visit this webpage

Course content includes:

  • Contemporary Fitness and Exercise Training Methods
  • Sport and Fitness: Coaching and Development
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Physical Activities
  • Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing
  • Teamwork through Sport and Recreation Activities
  • Communication
  • Information and Communication Technology
  • Practical Sports science
  • Practical skills

Optional units include:

  • Residential
  • PE Performance
  • Working with others


You will be required to purchase a kit for this course:

  • PE kit (Approx. £80)
  • Outdoor kit (Approx. £30)
  • Stopwatch (Approx. £10)
  • Whistle (Approx. £5)

If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

This is a practical based course delivered within our sport and fitness facilities.

Opportunities for work experience in the community helping to deliver sport and fitness sessions will be provided throughout the year.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Moray

Start date



The good news is that depending on your personal circumstances there are a wide range of bursaries, grants and allowances available to fund your college studies.


Our Student Finance Advisers can advise you on all aspects of student funding. The support available depends upon your personal circumstances.

Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

Additional costs

Normally, if you are studying full time for the first time and are Ordinarily Resident in Scotland your course fees will be covered through the information you provide on your course application. If you are studying part time and are on low income or in receipt of certain benefits your course fees may be covered by a fee waiver. If you are not Ordinarily Resident in Scotland, you may need to pay course fees. Please refer to our Fees and Funding section for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

On completion of this course, you may be able progress onto our Sport and Fitness: College Certificate course (successful completion of 10 credits is required).

Alternatively, you can enter employment as a Leisure Attendant or Assistant Coach in sports halls, leisure centres or leisure clubs in hotels.

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