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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7


This course is for students who want to work in coaching and sports development. The college has strong links with the community and have a partnership with Active Schools and Livingston Football Club to support volunteering and coaching opportunities.  

Read about James Connor's West Lothian College experience here

  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • PDA Sports Coaching 
    • Anatomy, physiology and energy systems
    • Inclusive sports provision
    • Psychology of sports coaching

    You can also do a first aid at work certificate.

Why choose this course

You will get the chance to lead practical coaching sessions and gain experience in the college and in the community: this can lead to governing body awards. You can also use the Endurance fitness suite. The college is an active member of Scottish Student Sport. We have sports teams in football, rugby, basketball and badminton, giving you the opportunity to represent the college in various external leagues.

Entry requirements

  • Two Highers at grade C or above, one of which should be English  
  • Level 6 sport and fitness qualification 
  • It is essential for applicants to demonstrate experience of coaching or sports leadership 
  • We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience 

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application is required which you will do through the college if offered a place. 

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: degree-level courses in sports disciplines, with possible direct entry to year 2 or 3 at some universities. Previous students have progressed onto course at The University of the West of Scotland, The University of Edinburgh and The University of Stirling. 

    Employment: ideal for those wanting to go into PE teaching, or work in positions such as sports coach, sports development officer or active schools coordinators. 

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview/course information session, plan to be in college for around two hours. The interview includes:

  • Short written task
  • Fitness task
  • Individual interview/discussion 

Please bring your practical kit and be prepared to take part in fitness testing and team games. Also bring evidence of your qualifications and/or employment references.

Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.