This course covers the main practical activities involved in carrying out a supportive role in sport and recreation environments — sourcing information about career pathways, identifying and reviewing skills and experiences; assisting with planning, setting-up and delivering activity sessions; dealing effectively and courteously with clients; assisting with emergency procedures; assisting with setting up, dismantling and checking equipment and resources; helping to plan and review a training programme, and establishing good practice in identifying and reviewing goals. The course also covers health and safety legislation and risk assessment.  


LEVEL 5 - Sport and Recreation


1 Year full time/

6 periods per week


Four Units which must be complete  

(See below) 


No external exam




Mrs Craig 

Mrs May 

Mr Robertson 

Mr Jamieson

Mrs Simpson 

Mr Carder

Mr Bridgwater



This course is designed to meet the needs of the sport and recreation industry. Research confirmed that there is a need to introduce a course at this level to encourage both school learners and adult returners into the industry, to reduce skills gaps and to promote the image of sport and recreation as a career area with good prospects.  


Learners may opt for this course, both because they have an interest in this area of Sport and Recreation, and because they wish to undertake experiential learning as part of a broad programme of National Courses. 

This course consists of four units: 

Unit 1: 

Sport and Recreation: Assist with a Component of Activity Sessions 

In this unit, learners will assist in the planning and delivery of practical sessions. This will involve developing their leadership skills, organisation skills and improve their awareness of health and safety issues. 

Unit 2:

Sport and Recreation: Employment Opportunities in the Sport and Recreation Industry


In this unit, learners will source information about career pathways and identify the skills, qualifications and experience needed to pursue these. This will allow them to map their own skills, qualifications and experience against industry requirements. 

Unit 3:

Sport and Recreation: Assist with Fitness Programming


In this unit learners will learn how to develop and organise a physical training plan for someone else. Candidates will investigate how to measure and train a person's fitness. 

Unit 4:

Sport and Recreation: Assist with Daily Centre Duties


In this unit, learners will gain experience in setting up and dismantling and storing equipment. They will gain knowledge and understanding of the importance of relevant health and safety procedures. Learners will learn to demonstrate a positive approach when interacting with others. This positive approach will include the ability to communicate appropriately, be responsive, and establish and maintain effective relationships. 


Everything you need to know before selecting this course

entry requirements

Taking PE Studies in S3 would be beneficial however there are many candidates who would achieve a National 5 without this. 

Experience in National 4 or National 5 PE would also be a benefit. 

what will you get?

To achieve the award of National 5 Skills for Work Sport and Recreation, learners must achieve all four units as outlined. They will be assessed pass/fail within centres. Skills for Work Courses are not graded. 


Everything you need to know about future pathways from this course


Due to the nature of the sport and recreation course and the skills which you will develop most careers will benefit from your experience. Very specific links can be made to sports coaching, teaching, personal trainer, sports development officer and sports media. 


Employability skills which are improved through Sports Development are: 

Leadership: You will be required to lead practical sessions throughout the year. This will contribute to developing your communication skills, confidence and adaptability. 

Organisation: You will be given the opportunity to plan and prepare sessions. You will also be required to manage your time effectively to complete your research proposal. 

Taking Initiative: You will be in situations where you must think on your feet and be decisive. 

Teamwork: You will be in situations where you must co-operate with your peers, members of staff and the active school's co-ordinator in order to be successful. 

my world of work

This link will take you to an excellent resource on MyWOW which looks at potential career routes when you select a combination of subjects. 


There are no student stories for this course at present as it is a new course at Meldrum Academy.