Sports Coaching and Development HND

Course code CX61

What is special about this course?

This HND Sports Coaching and Development course will develop your understanding of both the theoretical and practical issues relating to a career in sports coaching for indoor or outdoor sports.

If you're already working in the sports industry or if you want to kick off your career in sport, this course is ideal for you.


We offer modern student accommodation at a number of our locations.

Entry requirements

Entry to Year 1 of this course, HNC:

  • 2 Scottish Highers at grade C or above OR
  • 2 A levels at grade D or above
  • These should preferably include English plus a science subject or Mathematics
  • Alternatively, a relevant sports-related NC or NQ at SCQF level 5 or above
  • Prospective students without the standard entry requirements are encouraged to apply and will be considered on an individual basis
  • Candidates require a good performance background in a variety of sporting activities. Experience in coaching, while desirable, is not essential, although the potential to develop this competence must be evident. A keen interest in sport is a requirement for this award
  • This is a 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. For further information visit our PVG scheme webpage

Advanced entry

Access routes

HNC Coaching and Developing Sport may allow direct entry to year 2 of the HND

Year 1 - HNC

Year 1 of this course is HNC Sports Coaching and Development.

Year 2 - HND

You will study the following mandatory units:

  • Physical preparation for sports performance
  • Sports coaching and development: graded unit 2
  • Sports coaching practitioner: knowing coaching 2
  • Sports coaching practitioner: knowing others 2
  • Sports coaching practitioner: knowing yourself 2
  • Sports development 2

You can also choose to study optional modules from the following list (if not previously undertaken during HNC studies):

  • Coaching children
  • First aid for sport and fitness
  • Flexibility training
  • Inclusive sport and physical activity for participants with disabilities
  • Prevention and rehabilitation of sports injuries
  • Psychology of sport and exercise 
  • Strength and conditioning: an introduction

Option units available may change and are variable depending on study location, for more information contact your chosen campus.

How will I study my course?

Additional information for course delivery in 2021-22

From September 2021, it is our intention that physical campuses will be open to all students for access to study facilities, support services and social activities, subject to Scottish Government guidance. Our priority is to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We will continue to review government guidance as restrictions shift and will inform you of any further changes to the information provided below about your course. You will study the course through our blended learning approach. From September, where practical and safe to do so, on-campus practical delivery will be prioritised and placements will be introduced in line with the Scottish Government guidance, including social distancing, where this is not possible alternative options will be available. The theory elements may be delivered online through a combination of tutor-supported study, video-based seminars and self-directed study using the university's virtual learning environment. You can access your online and video-based classes from home however it is our intention to provide on-campus space for individual students where required as far as possible. Further information will be provided by your home campus. You will have an opportunity to attend an online, face to face or blended induction at the start of the course.
  • Full-time
  • Part-time (structured)
  • You will learn by way of face-to-face lectures, tutorials and practical sessions in college and in the community

How long will my course last?

  • Full-time: 2 years (HNC + HND)
  • Part-time: 4 years (HNC + HND)

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness College UHI
  • Perth College UHI

Start date

  • September


For students normally domiciled in Scotland, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes

  • EU nationals with settled or pre-settled status in the UK,
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with settled status in the UK
  • EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.
Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £1,285 £1,285
Part-time (per HN credit) £86 £86

Rest of UK students

For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £6,720 £6,915
Part-time (per HN credit) £448 £461

Fees are payable in advance each academic year unless otherwise agreed.

There are a number of funding options available to UK students to help you pay for your studies and your cost of living while studying.

International students

For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

This includes EEA/Swiss nationals with pre-settled status who are not self-employed or migrant workers in the UK.

Higher National Awards (HNC, HND)2020-212021-22
Full-time per year £7,020 £7,230
Part-time (per HN credit) £468 £482

Part-time study is not open to international student requiring Student Route visa sponsorship to study in the UK.


External scholarships and financial support may be available. Contact your enrolling college for more information.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Employment in a range of posts in sports centres, coaching and outdoor adventure, or as a freelance fitness instructor.

Can I progress into further study?

On successful completion of this course you may progress to the BA (Hons) Sports Management.

Is there more information available online?

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What our students, graduates and staff say

Studying allows me to gain more knowledge and has helped me to put out stepping stones that will guide me to what I want to do with the support of my tutor and lecturers.

Enrolling here has helped me gain a lot more confidence in meeting new people and its given me a helping hand with the career path I want to take. It looks like a girl’s football team is going to start up which I’m hoping to join!

Hannah McKay is studying on the HND Coaching and Developing Sport at Perth College UHI

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