Course Outline


The SCQF Level 5 Award in Community Sports Leadership is a nationally recognised qualification. It is a fun and practical qualification suited to pupils who have a keen interest in developing and enhancing their leadership skills.

The primary aim of the Community Sports Leaders Award is to produce responsible, motivated and confident individuals who can lead safe, purposeful and enjoyable activities alongside developing key leadership skills that can be transferred into a variety of different settings. It is also designed to encourage pupils to become involved in organising and assisting with the provision of sport on a voluntary basis. Skills are taught through practical exercises and scenarios with pupils keeping a log of their progress. Once qualified sports leaders can organise safe, purposeful and enjoyable recreational activities within their community.

Pupils should be aware that part of the course requires them to organise and run fundraising events throughout the year that will help enhance their knowledge and practical skills, as well as raising funds for their own Sports Leaders uniforms and added value courses such as first aid. Although these are not compulsory elements of the course we feel that it will go a long way in developing the culture of coaching and mentoring within Forres Academy and create role models for younger pupils.



The SCQF Level 5 Award in Community Sports Leadership consists of seven units of work including 10 hours demonstration of leadership. This will be completed in school through the organisation and planning of whole school events and may, if appropriate, include external partnerships in the community, for example local Primary Schools.

Unit Unit Title
1 Plan, lead and evaluate a sport/activity session
2 Developing leadership skills
3 Lead a session to improve fitness
4 Adapting sports activities
5 Establish and maintain a safe sport/activity session
6 Organise and deliver a sports event or competition
7 Pathways in sport and recreation

In addition pupils must demonstrate leadership skills in the community. 10 hours voluntary leadership experience (voluntary by choice of activity, but a compulsory part of the course).


Pupils will learn and develop essential leadership skills including:

  • Learning to lead others
  • Increased confidence in leading groups
  • Enhanced self-esteem
  • Improved communication skills
  • Improved organisation and planning skills
  • Experience working as part of a team


Skills are taught through practical exercises with pupils keeping a log of their progress.

Assessment is made upon a learner’s ability to lead and demonstrate their leadership skills for a certain period of time, within a specific setting – all of this will be recorded on a personal learning log. This will then be presented for external verification. Awards are made on a pass/fail basis and successful candidates will receive a certificate.



  • In the future we hope to offer a Higher Leadership course for S6 pupils.
  • This course is ideally suited to any pupil aspiring to enter a world of work that requires excellent organisational and leadership skills.
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