Sport Studies SCQF Level 6

What is special about this course?

This course will develop your knowledge and understanding of the sport and leisure industry, allowing you to specialise in either outdoor pursuits or traditional sport and fitness. It particularly suits people who are already participating in sport.

It is delivered at SCQF Level 6.

Outdoor pursuits route:

The course is built around two National Progression Awards (NPAs) - Sport Development and Exercise & Fitness Leadership - and practical days, which provide access to various outdoor coaching qualifications including Mountain Biking (British Cycling, Level 1), Scottish Canoeing Star Awards (providing access to coaching qualifications) Climbing (providing access to the Climbing Wall Leader Award) and skiing.

Activities take place in the Highlands including Cairngorms National Park, Glen Affric, the Fannichs, Ben Nevis, Ben Wyvis, the Black Isle, the Moray Coast and on long-distance paths including the Great Glen Way and Speyside Way.

An international ski trip in Europe takes place January (optional).

This course provides access to the BA (Hons) Outdoor Education and Learning.

Sport and fitness route:

The course is built around three National Progression Awards (NPAs) - Sport Development; Exercise and Fitness Leadership; and Organising Volunteering Events in Sport. You will study practical units including badminton and basketball, and develop your underpinning knowledge in nutrition, health and safety, anatomy and physiology. You will gain confidence in planning and leading practical group exercise and coaching sessions.This route is aimed at people who want to progress further in coaching or personal training.

Entry requirements

Candidates will be expected to have the following requirements;

  • Three passes at National 5 (or equivalent), or successful completion of either;
  • Sport fitness
  • Outdoor Pursuits SCQF 5

Outdoor pursuits route:

  • Sport development opportunities in the community/and in an organisation
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Mountain biking
  • Kayaking
  • Climbing - indoor and outdoor
  • Skiing

Sport and fitness route:

  • Sport development opportunities in the community/and in an organisation
  • Organising a sporting event
  • Developing volunteering - you will spend time volunteering in a sporting area of your choice, and learn how to support volunteers in the industry
  • Sporting event marketing and operations
  • Circuit training/fitness testing
  • Programme development
  • Coaching sessions
  • Nutrition
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Practical units including basektball and badminton


Outdoor pursuits route: Through bursary funding, students will be provided with a waterproof jacket and over trousers; rucksack; insulating fleece; and thermal base layer. You will also be given a pair of hill-walking boots. All technical equipment is provided e.g. bikes and helmets, skis and boots, boats and paddles. Students must provide their own hat for the conditions, gloves and eye protection e.g. ski googles/bike glasses.

UHI Inverness subsidises the cost of an annual ski pass for the Cairngorm Mountains, however, students may have to pay a proportion.

The international ski trip is an optional extra cost of approximately £600.

Sport and fitness route: All specialist equipment is provided. Non-bursary students may need to provide a basic sports kit.

How will I study my course?

  • Full Time

Face to face.

How long will my course last?

1 Year

Where can I study my course?

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    If you have been living in the UK for at least 3 years, are ordinary resident in Scotland before the course start date it is likely that you will not have to pay fees for your full time course.  Please check our Fee Waiver Policy.

    Full time students will automatically receive the fee waiver if they are eligible. We will use the information provided on your course application form to determine whether you are eligible. 

    Scottish students

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)



    Full-time per year



    Rest of UK students

    For students normally domiciled in the rest of the UK (England, Wales and N. Ireland, including Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) and with a term time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full-time per year


    International students

    For students who do not normally reside in the UK, including EU/EEA and Swiss nationals without settled or pre-settled status in the UK, with a term-time address in Scotland, the following fees apply:

    Further Education course  (SQCF 1-6)


    Full time per year


     Fees are payable on enrolment each academic year.

    Please contact if you have any further questions on fees.

    Additional costs

    You will be required to purchase a kit/uniform as part of this course (between £100 and £150). If you are eligible for a bursary these costs will be covered.

    What can I do on completion of my course?

    Students who successfully complete this course can progress on to further study in your area of interest. Depending on your route, you may wish to progress on to:

    • BA (Hons) in Outdoor Education and Learning (Outdoor pursuits route)
    • HNC/D Coaching and Developing Sport (Sport and fitness route)
    • HNC/D Fitness, Health and Exercise (Sport and fitness route)


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    “I love the wide range of practical sessions run by lecturers and students, which highlight the different approaches to sport and fitness within the industry. There’s also lots of opportunities for volunteering– I have volunteered alongside High Life Highland’s active schools programme, which has really enhanced my skillset as well as my CV. I’ve really enjoyed learning about how the body works and adapts to exercise. The lecturers are great and really easy to get along with. The support is always there if you need it, which gives you confidence when starting a new unit or assignment.," - Cory Ross, a Sport Studies student.

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