HNC Sports Coaching with Development (Football Pathway)

Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2019
Qualification Type
Course Type
1 Year (August to June)

Applications for this course are now closed. Applications for August 2020 open in January.

This course enables students to specialise in football coaching. It will provide practical coaching skills and underpinning knowledge in order to pursue a career in football coaching and development or to progress to Higher Education. The course is directly supported by Celtic FC and may lead to coaching opportunities at this club or in other coaching and development roles.

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

What will I learn?

  • Football coaching theory and practice
  • Planning and delivering football coaching sessions
  • Weekly coach education with academy coaches “The Celtic Way”
  • Game and player analysis
  • Talent Identification
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Football Work Experience
  • Football Development Planning / Recording coaching sessions.

Employer and industry links

  • Celtic Football Club
  • National Governing Bodies
  • Glasgow Life Sport
  • Local Authorities including Primary and Secondary schools
  • Active School Coordinators

Jobs and further study

  • Employment in the football coaching industry.
  • Progress on HND Level 8 Coaching and Developing Sport (Cardonald)
  • 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

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 6
  • An 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.

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

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 272 3327