Sport and Recreation (SfW) National 5

What is special about this course?

Interest in sport in Scotland is growing. There are about 40,000 people employed in the various aspects of sport and leisure. As the number of sports centres continues to increase, there are more jobs in coaching and sports management. Some jobs are seasonal – skiing or work in holiday centres, for instance, and do not offer permanent employment. Leisure facilities offer a fairly steady source of jobs.

This course will give you the opportunity to find out more about the Sport and Recreation industry and the practical tasks involved in being a sports centre worker. You will learn about planning, setting up and delivering activity sessions; setting up, taking down and checking equipment; helping to plan and review a personal physical training programme, setting short- and long-term goals; dealing effectively with customers; health and safety legislation and helping with accident and emergency procedures.

Entry requirements

You don’t need passes in specific subjects to join this course, but you need a positive attitude and you should be willing to learn new skills and undertake a successful interview.

The course includes the following units:

  • Assist with Activity Sessions
  • Employment Opportunities in the Sport and Recreation Industry
  • Assist with Fitness Programming
  • Assist with Daily Centre Duties

How will I study my course?

  • Skills for Work

You will study at school or your local UHI Argyll centre depending on your location.

How long will my course last?

1 Academic Year

Where can I study my course?

    • UHI Argyll

Start date

In most schools this course will start in June.


For the latest information on fees please see our fees policy.

What can I do on completion of my course?

Once you've completed this course you could consider an NC Sport & Fitness, or HNC Fitness, Health & Exercise at College or a Modern Apprenticeship in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations with a local employer.

Is there more information available online?

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This course is part of our schools-link senior phase programme and is embedded in your option choices at school. If this course is offered by your school speak to your Guidance Teacher and request an application form.

We are delighted that you are thinking about studying at UHI Argyll. UHI Argyll operates a fair and open admissions system committed to equality of opportunity and non-discrimination. We consider all applications on merit and on the basis of ability to achieve, without discrimination on grounds of age, disability, gender identity, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity status, race, religion and/or belief, sex, sexual orientation or socio-economic background. We welcome applications from all prospective students and aim to provide appropriate and efficient services to students with disabilities.