Have you dreamed of playing football at a professional level or winning medals as an athlete? This apprenticeship can help turn your passion into a career. You’ll develop skills to make you successful on the pitch or the track. From communication to strength training, the apprenticeship covers a range of topics. If you’re interested in fitness, you could become a personal trainer. If you’d like to teach people, you could become a sports coach.  

The sports industry is one of the most diverse in Scotland. Skills such as attitude management and health training are part of sports performance. They are highly transferable, so there’s plenty of job opportunities. 

What's the qualification?

You’ll gain a qualification at SCQF level 8 in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance.   

It includes the following:   

  • Core units of an SVQ in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance at SCQF level 8 
  • A work placement in a sports environment

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

As part of your work, you’ll learn about  

  • Strength training in a sports environment  
  • Developing relationships with your teammates  
  • Carrying out the best fitness practices  
  • Diet and exercise planning   

In addition, you’ll learn the following core skills:   

  • Working in a group 
  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication 
  • Time management   

These transferable skills are suited to different sports roles, such as personal training.  


Where could it take me?

There are many options with this Modern Apprenticeship. You could carry on your studies or pursue a career in the sports industry.  

Further study: Continue your education by studying for a sports related degree. Your experience will support your application.   

Straight to work: Use your qualifications to help you find a job. With the knowledge you’ve gained, you could move onto several jobs such as:   

  • Professional footballer 
  • Professional rugby player  
  • Sports coach 
  • Sports therapist  
  • Personal trainer   
  • Leisure manager  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship.  

How long will it take?

This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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