HNC Coaching and Developing Sport - Rugby in Association with Scottish Rugby Union (SRU)

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This active and enjoyable course forms the first year of an HND programme. It focuses on the individual actively developing their coaching craft and understanding of Sports Development, therefore applicants would benefit from having some experience in sports coaching. It is designed to provide the knowledge and coaching skills required for successful progression to HND Coaching and Developing Sport, coaching in the community or work in sports development.

Close partnership links with schools and local community groups ensure “real life” practical coaching experience. Teamwork between staff and students ensures professional skills are developed for the workplace. You will also have the opportunity to gain National Governing Body awards in a range of sports.


One of the following:

  • We recommended having achieved 2 highers, with a minimum of at least 1 Higher at C grade or above, in a related subject.
  • NQ Sport/Fitness Level 6 or other relevant qualifications.

The course involves study of Sports Coaching - Knowing yourself, Knowing Others, Knowing Coaching, Coaching Children, Human Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics in Sport, Sports Development, Strength and Conditioning, Psychology of Sport and Exercise, Coaching and Developing Sport: Graded Unit 1. 

You will also undertake a coaching placement that will operate throughout both academic terms to help develop your practical experience and to help gather information towards your assessments.

As part of an on-going learning process, work is assessed throughout the year and assessments may be in the form of assignments, project work, case studies, oral presentations, open and closed book assessments and tutor observations of practical performance.

The HNC comprises of practical sessions, lectures, group work delivered by vastly experienced professional sports coaches and staff at Broadwood Stadium Sports Campus in Cumbernauld who will share current and relevant industry experience to motivate you to succeed