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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
28 Aug 2023
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks (August to January)

Applications open January 2024

NQ Celtic Pathway into Football Coaching (Level 6) course will give you the skills, expertise and relevant vocational 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.

It also provides you with the knowledge required for progression onto HND Coaching and Developing Sport or HND Fitness, Health and Exercise.

You must be physically fit to undertake the practical elements of the course.

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

What will I learn?

The football coaching course consists of SQA Level 6 units and college certificates which cover a range of practical and theoretical sports-related units. Units can include:

  • Sporting activity football
  • Coaching children
  • Coaching young footballers
  • Introduction to analysing football performance
  • Talent identification and scouting
  • Human physiology through physical exercise
  • Introduction of support mechanisms

You will also complete SFA Awards - 1.1, 1.2 and 1.3 along with 1.2 goalkeeping award.

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

Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Three relevant subjects at National Level 5 with C pass or above, or equivalent
  • Any relevant level 5 course such as NQ Sport and Fitness (Level 5) or Introduction to Sport and Fitness (Level 5) (January Start), including a pass at Level 5 Communications
  • You must have an active interest in football coaching, sport and fitness
  • Entry will be a face-to-face or online interview. You may also be asked to take part in a practical football session.
  • We will consider your application if you have no formal qualifications but can demonstrate an active interest in fitness or sport and relevant life/work experience.

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.

Employer and industry links

  • Celtic Football Club, Soccer Academy
  • Scottish Football Association (Coaching Awards)
  • Glasgow Sport
  • Active Schools Glasgow

Guest speakers have included:

  • John McStay – International Academy Manager - Europe
  • Michael O’halloron- Intermediate Academy Manager
  • Fran Alonso – Women's First Team Manager
  • Kirsty Cunningham - Soccer Academy Coordinator
  • Martin Miller – Former Academy Manager U7-U15
  • Stuart McLaren - Current under 18s Manager

Students have also enjoyed visits to Celtic Park, Barrowfield and Lennoxtown to watch coaching sessions.

Jobs and further study

  • NQ Celtic Pathway into Football Coaching - Level 6 (January to June)
  • HND Coaching and Developing Sport
  • HND Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Possible future employment with Celtic Football Club as a coach

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?

When you apply:

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. You will be given a selection of dates to choose from for the interview and must confirm your preferred date
  • When you attend the interview you must bring a copy of your qualifications

The interview will take the form of a one-to-one discussion regarding your interest and experience related to the course. During the interview, you will hear about the course and will get the chance to ask questions.

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

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3782