Pathway Into Football Coaching
Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
24 Aug 2020
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

This course will give you the skills, expertise and relevant qualifications to work within the football industry.

It aims to develop a pathway/certification for football coaches, leading to possible employment with Celtic Football Club.

This coaching and developing sport course will give you the underpinning knowledge and practical coaching skills you need to pursue a career in a sports-related field or to progress to Higher Education.

A PVG will be required to undertake the mandatory placement that is embedded in the course.

What will I learn?

“Always challenging to improve our own ability.  Prepared us for work with lots of support for when it does become difficult. Learning from great lecturing staff.”
Jordan Woodford - 2019

“Working with the Celtic coaches is extremely enjoyable and professional. Feedback I have received has been really useful.” Ellie Kennedy - 2019

“The theory work is more advanced than before, but prepares you for university.”
Ryan Sidey - 2019

“The content of the course is great and really pushes you to perform at a high level. You are provided with plenty of chances to progress in the industry whether that is through employment of further education.” Jack Clow - 2019

“The lecturers inspire you to work hard and get good result.” Craig MacDonald - 2019

“I enjoy the HNC football course as it gives us a chance to improve our coaching skills further through taking part and leading sessions with lecturing staff and Celtic coaches.” Pearse McGarvey - 2019

11 learners have gained employment with Celtic FC as coaches.

97% of learners achieved Scottish F.A 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 coaching awards.

98% of learners gained Positive Coaching Scotland Award.

95% of learners attended 2 days at the Celtic International Coaching Convention.

HNC course contents – this includes 10 mandatory units and five options. If a student wants to leave at the end of Year 1 then in order to achieve their HNC they must pass all mandatory units and two options.

  • Sports Coaching Theory
  • Coaching Children
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Conduct and Ethics
  • First Aid
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Development
  • Research
  • Coaching of Sport: An Introduction
  • Graded Unit 1
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Inclusive Sport
  • Fitness Testing
  • Nutrition
  • Principles of Fitness
  • Psychology of Sports Coaching

Guest speakers:

  • John McStay – International Academy Manager - Europe
  • Michael O’halloron- Intermediate Academy Manager
  • Greig Robertson – Under 18’s coach
  • Kirsty Cunningham - Soccer Academy Coordinator
  • Martin Miller – Former Academy Manager U7-U15
  • Visits to Barrowfield and Lennoxtown to watch coaching sessions.

A PVG will be required to undertake any coaching placements/work experience which may be included in the course

All students on course will need to purchase college sports kit (approx. £50).

Employer and industry links

The College has excellent links with:

  • Celtic Football Club, Soccer Academy
  • Scottish Football Association (Coaching Awards)
  • Glasgow Sport
  • Active School Co-ordinators

Articulation Routes

If you successfully complete 15 units then you can progress onto HND Year two (Level 8) in Coaching and Developing Sport.

Jobs and further study

  • HND Coaching and Developing Sport
  • Possible future employment with Celtic Football Club
  • Progress onto HND Level 8 Coaching and Developing Sport
  • 1st or 2nd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at University of the West of Scotland
  • 1st or 2nd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Development at University of the West of Scotland
  • 1st or 2nd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports and Development at University of the West of Scotland
  • 1st year entry of BA Sports Studies
  • Employment in the sports industry.

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • One Higher at grade C or above
  • A relevant level 6 qualification in sport such as NC Sport and Exercise (Level 6), NQ Health and Fitness (Level 6), NQ Sports Coaching (Level 6) NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 6) - must include Communications at Level 6or a pass in study skills unit at Level 6
  • Demonstrable active interest in Coaching and Developing Football
  • Two acceptable references
  • You will be required to attend an interview
  • If you have an active interest in coaching football but don't meet the academic requirements, you can still be considered for this course. However, you will need to successfully complete an entrance exam.

Entry requirement equivalency table

  • If you do not meet the entry criteria for your chosen course, you may be offered an alternative course in the same subject area.

Making an application

For courses starting in August, you can make up to two applications.

Applications are made to a course and a first choice of campus. If the course is oversubscribed at your first choice you will be automatically considered for alternative sites and may be made an offer without a further application.

I've applied — what happens next?

You will receive an automated email confirming that we have received your application and will be in contact as per the following stages:

  • If you meet the entry requirements or have qualifications pending you will then be invited in for an interview
  • Interviews will take place from February and may continue until the course starts in August
  • When you attend the interview, you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s. Our Admissions department will email you an electronic version of the reference form. Please print this and ask your referee to complete it, before bringing it along to your interview along with a copy of your relevant proof of entry qualifications
  • If you are unable to bring these documents to the interview, you will be unable to be offered an unconditional offer.

The interview will take the form of a group interview where you will be asked to discuss your interests and experience in Sport and Fitness. A practical session may also be included.

During the interview, you will hear about the course and then carry out a short written paper. Your qualifications and references will be checked followed by a group interview. You will also get the chance to ask any questions about the course.

After you have attended your interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 1 – 2 weeks. The outcome would be one of the following:

  1. Unconditional place – you have met all the entry requirements and your place is guaranteed. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your place
  2. Conditional place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualification which you may not be able to provide us until August. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, however, the course is full. If any spaces become available you may be contacted usually around the course start date
  4. Unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centre to discuss alternative options which may be available to you.

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 10 working days or risk losing your place.

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding. This will normally be sent out within three weeks of you accepting the place.

You will also be sent details on an information day. This normally takes place in June and will give you the chance to meet other students on your course, get a tour of the college, meet some ex-students and get a chance to speak to people from industry.

You will then be sent out information about the induction date. This will take place in August, about 2 – 3 weeks before the course starts.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027