Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
22 Aug 2022
Qualification Type
Course Type
Short Full-Time
18 weeks (August to January)

NQ Celtic Pathway into Football Coaching (Level 6) 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 HNC Football Coaching and Developing Sport, 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 course consists of 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

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, one of which must be English-based, 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, a short written paper and one professional reference to determine suitability for this course. 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
  • Greig Robertson – Under 18’s coach
  • Kirsty Cunningham - Soccer Academy Coordinator
  • Martin Miller – Former Academy Manager U7-U15

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

Jobs and further study

  • HNC (Football Pathway) Coaching and Developing Sport
  • HND Coaching and Developing Sport
  • HND Fitness, Health and Exercise
  • Possible future employment with Celtic Football Club

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
  • When you attend the interview you must bring a copy of your qualifications and your reference/s
  • The college’s 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 football. 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 get the chance to ask 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 about 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 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.

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 357 6027