Sports Studies NQ Level 5

What is special about this course?

The NQ Sport Studies is a practical-based sports course which offers hands-on learning within the Academy of Sport and Wellbeing (ASW). You will take part in active learning through leadership, scholarship, teamwork, and fitness. This approach will give students a practical understanding and prepare them for careers in coaching, fitness and act as a stepping stone to progress onto further sports courses.

This is a Category 1 PVG course. During the course you will have contact with vulnerable groups of people, therefore to successfully complete the course, you are required to be a member of the PVG Scheme. Further information will be provided to successful applicants. You can also visit the PVG scheme website for more information. 

Entry requirements

You should demonstrate active involvement in sport or fitness (for example; participation in playing/coaching/officiating with a sport based club and/or fitness, participating/instructing within an exercise/fitness based group) by providing a written reference that supports your application from a relevant individual or organisation such as a PE teacher, club coach or fitness club.

Applicants should have a core skills profile in the following three competencies at a minimum of SCQF Level 4 (Communication, ICT and Numeracy) and attend an interview.  Students must also be accepted as a Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) scheme member through the college system.  Placements cannot be started without this.

Applicants must also have four SCQF Level 4 passes or equivalent in relevant subject areas (such as Physical Education, Biology/Human Anatomy).

Those who are returning  to learning and who bring relevant life experience will also be considered.  They will be required to write a brief written assignment prior to being offered a place on the course.

  • Contemporary Fitness and Exercise Training Methods
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Physical Activities
  • Nutrition, Health and Wellbeing
  • Team Work through Sport and Recreation Activities

Your practical study may include officiating and organising sports such as football, basketball and volleyball as well as participating in these sports.

This course offers a well-balanced combination of practical activity alongside the academic study of sport and fitness and core skills development.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face teaching; practical hands on

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

    • Perth College UHI

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Most full-time students will have their fees paid.

Students on part-time courses may also be eligible to have their course fees waived.

What can I do on completion of my course?

This course leads to NQ Sport and Fitness or NQ Outdoor Adventure.

Jobs might include a leisure attendant, leisure centre attendant, sports club attendant, fitness/gym attendant, sports development assistant.

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