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  • Start date:   August 2024
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 7
  • Course Type:   Full-time


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

  • What the course includes


    The course includes: 

    • PDA Sports Coaching  
    • Anatomy, physiology and energy systems 
    • Inclusive sports provision 
    • Psychology of sports coaching 
    • Multiple placement opportunities 
    • Various sports Governing body awards, which in the past have included Football, Basketball, Volleyball, Rugby, Disability sport, Tennis. 
    • Your volunteer hours linked to the Government programme ‘Saltire Award’ recognition 

    You can also do a first aid at work certificate, delivered through your placement opportunities with West Lothian Council.   

Why choose this course

You will get the chance to lead practical coaching sessions and gain experience working with your peers and in the wider community. As well as this vital practical industry experience, there is also the opportunity to undertake various sports governing body awards and coaching qualifications.  You can also use the Endurance fitness suite, and 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 prior to undertaking the course.  
  • We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience 
  • Please note, the College operates a partnership with the West Lothian Active Schools ‘Coach Academy’ programme, with pupils who successfully complete this programme offered an exclusive pathway and progression to this programme. 

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 courses 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 coaching, 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:

  • An introduction from the course tutor
  • An individual interview
  • Short written task
  • A brief practical element which may include the multi stage fitness test and participation in a team sport 

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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