Skills for Work: Sport and Recreation National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Skills for Work: Sport and Recreation National 5 (SCQF level 5)

Qualification Information

National 5 Skills for Work: Sport and Recreation is an introductory qualification. It develops the skills, knowledge and attitudes, needed for work in the industry.

The Course content 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.

At National 5, candidates will learn about:

  • assisting with planning, setting up and delivering activity sessions
  • assisting with setting up, dismantling and checking equipment and resources
  • assisting with accident and emergency procedures
  • dealing effectively and courteously with clients, staff and others
  • helping to plan and review a personal training programme
  • establishing good practice in identifying and reviewing personal goals
  • sourcing information about career pathways
  • identifying and reviewing skills and experiences

Candidates will develop relevant vocational skills and a variety of employability skills in the context of a sport and recreation setting.

At SCQF level 5, learners work alone or with others on straightforward tasks with support.

Why deliver this qualification

The SfW Course in Sport and Recreation appeals to a wide variety of potential candidates. It places emphasis on experiential learning and offers skills and knowledge in a broad vocational area.

It can be delivered at a school over the academic year or through a college on a shorter programme — however, it does not have to be tied in to follow the academic session.

Delivery must be in partnership with industry, and it is important for centres to manage the Course in an integrated manner that reflects the day-to-day issues of a realistic sport and recreation environment.

The structure of National 5 Skills for Work: Sport and Recreation is consistent with the equivalent Course at National 4. This allows centres to choose activities and delivery methods that best suit their circumstances and candidates.

There is considerable flexibility of topics and contexts to facilitate personalisation and choice for learners and centres — and to allow new and stimulating contexts for learning to be built into the Course.

It is anticipated that the Course will build on existing partnerships between schools, colleges of further education, employers and other training providers. Such partnerships will enable the Course to be delivered in a variety of learning environments with access to relevant teaching expertise.

Who does this qualification suit

Who does this qualification suit?

The Course teaches transferable skills which can open the way to a variety of courses, including the possibility of continued study. It gives an understanding of the workplace and enhances skills and attitudes for employability.

This qualification is suitable for a wide range of learners including:

  • pupils from mainstream schools or other education establishments
  • school leavers
  • adult returners to education
  • learners in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
  • learners participating in 16+ programmes
  • college students wishing to develop their skills and knowledge in relation to Sport and recreation
  • trainees participating in preparation for entering employment
  • individuals involved in voluntary activities


Entry is at the discretion of the centre. For the level 5 Course, it would be beneficial for candidates to have attained Sport and Recreation at National 4 or any of its Units (or equivalent).


Successful attainment of level 5 may provide progression to National Courses at Higher; Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Sport and Recreation; further education; training; and employment.

Successful learners may progress to:

  • National Courses at Higher level
  • Scottish Vocational Qualifications (SVQs) in Sports and Recreation
  • Further education training or employment
  • It is anticipated that some candidates may progress from the National 4 Course whilst others candidates may enter straight into the National 5 level Course.
  • vocational training
  • employment


Centres with devolved authority for approval should use their own internal approval process.

Centres without devolved authority will have to come forward for approval and should contact SQA’s Business Development Team for guidance.

Assessors and verifiers must be able to meet SQA’s general requirements for technical/occupational competence as outlined in the Guide to Approval.

How to assess

Units have been designed so that information can be gathered holistically where possible. A variety of approaches are used for gathering evidence, reflecting the variety of learning experiences offered across the Course. Checklists should be used, where appropriate, to help reduce the burden of gathering evidence, and the NABs provide a variety of specific examples.

Some employability skills are assessed as part of the essential evidence required for particular Units. Other employability skills are developed and encouraged but not formally assessed. Centres may wish to have regular reviews of the development of these skills with candidates.  This could be done along with the formal review process required in some of the Units, for example the National 5 Sport and Recreation: Assist with a Component of Activity Sessions Unit.

There is no external assessment for this Course. Learners must successfully complete each Unit to achieve the Course.

Unit specifications provide detailed information on the Evidence Requirements for each Unit. The Unit Support Notes provide information on approaches to assessment for each Unit.

The Units are internally assessed by centres and externally verified by SQA.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Qualification Structure

Group Award code C219 75 (24 SCQF credit points)

The Skills for Work Course in Sport and Recreation at SCQF level 5 consists of four mandatory Units.

For further information on the structure and units of this qualification please refer to the Course Specification document.

Course Specification

Any other information

It is important that centres place candidates in a suitable learning environment (a real or simulated workplace environment) since access to specific equipment and qualified staff is essential. Securing appropriate facilities/venues needs to be given careful consideration and planning so that all resources and facilities are in place prior to entering candidates for the Course. Through practical experiences in these settings, candidates will enhance their employability in a very competitive environment.

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