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Cardonald Campus
SCQF Level
Start Date
26 Aug 2024
Qualification Type
Course Type
2 years (August to June)

HND Football Coaching and Developing Sport in partnership with Celtic Soccer Academy not only ensures you gain the essential knowledge and skills needed to pursue a career within sports but also incorporates specialised football coaching sessions.

You will gain an insight into the support structures crafted for players and athletes, whilst developing the skills, expertise, and pertinent vocational qualifications essential for a career in the football industry.

This course aims to establish a clear pathway and certification for football coaches, potentially paving the way for employment opportunities.

What will I learn?

HND Coaching and Developing Sport course subjects covered may include: 

Year 1 

  • Sports Development 1 
  • Human Anatomy, Physiology and Biomechanics in Sport 
  • Sports Coaching and Development: Developing Professional Practice 
  • Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Yourself 1 
  • Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Others 1 
  • Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Coaching 1 
  • Sports Coaching and Development: Graded Unit 1 
  • Coaching Children 
  • Psychology of Sport and Exercise 
  • Prevention and Rehabilitation of Sport Injuries 
  • First Aid in Sport  

Year 2  

  • Sports Development 2  
  • Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Yourself 2 
  • Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Others 2 
  • Sports Coaching Practitioner: Knowing Coaching 2  
  • Sports Coaching and Development: Graded Unit 2 
  • Physical Preparation for Sports Performance   
  • Current Exercise Trends 
  • Strength and Conditioning   
  • Nutrition for Sports Performance   

Please note: that all students will have to purchase a college sports kit at a cost of approximately £50.

A Protecting Vulnerable Groups (PVG) check will be required to undertake any coaching placements/work experience which may be included in the course.


Entry requirements (minimum)

  • Two Highers at C or above; OR 
  • One Higher plus NPA Sport/Fitness at Level 6; OR 
  • 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 or a pass in study skills unit at Level 6 
  • You should demonstrate an active interest in sport or fitness in the application form 
  • If you have an active interest in football coaching / sport or fitness but don't meet the academic requirements, you could still be considered for this course. 

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

The college has excellent links with: 

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


Guest speakers have included: 

  • Jose Romero – International Soccer Academy Manager 
  • 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 
  • Neil Addington – Soccer Academy Sports Psychologist 
  • Wullie McNab - Head of the Junior Soccer Academy. 
  • Stevie Hammell - Head of Academy Coaching 
  • Current First Team Manager and coaching staff  

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

  • Current First team 
  • Celtic B team 
  • Under 18’s 
  • Junior Academy  
  • Two-day pass to the Celtic’s International Coaching Convention. 

Articulation Routes

  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Coaching at University of the West of Scotland  
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports Development at University of the West of Scotland  
  • 2nd/3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) Sports and Development at University of the West of Scotland  
  • 2rd year entry to BA (Hons) Sports Studies at Stirling University  
  • 2nd or 3rd year entry to BSc (Hons) in Sports Development and Coaching at Abertay University  

Jobs and further study

  • Postgraduate in Teaching (e.g. Physical Education)
  • Sports Science Internship (Masters, PhD) 
  • Coaching Psychology 
  • Performance Analysis 
  • Health Promotion Officer 
  • Strength and Conditioning Coaching

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 (remember to check your SPAM folder). 

Your application will be reviewed by the admissions team and you will either be: 

  • Invited to book an interview session. You will be given a selection of dates to choose from for 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 any questions. 
  • Advised that your application is unsuccessful – you have not met the entry requirements for this course and are advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 
  • We aim not to reject an application and if you don’t meet the entry requirements you may be referred to a different course or level.  

If you are invited to interview, you will be informed of the outcome of your interview by email within 14 working days. The outcome will be one of the following: 

  1. Unconditional offer of a 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 offer of a place – your place is secured pending you meeting the entry requirements. This may mean achieving school or college qualifications which you may not be able to provide to us yet. You will be required to accept this offer to secure your conditional place. Once your conditions are met this will change to an unconditional offer of a place which you must accept before you can enrol on the course.  
  3. Waiting list – you have met all entry requirements, and have been interviewed however, the course is now full so you have been placed on a waiting list. If any spaces become available you may be contacted, usually around the course start date. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  4. Reserve listfollowing your interview, you have unfortunately not been successful in this round of recruitment. We have placed your name on a reserve list and your application may be reconsidered at a later date. This could happen any time up to the start date of the course but it is very possible that you will not be offered a place. We would advise that you also consider other application options. 
  5. Unsuccessful – your interview has been unsuccessful. You may be offered a place on a course at a different level, or advised to contact the College Student Advice Centres to discuss alternative options which may be available to you. 

Once an offer is received, you must reply within 14 working days or risk losing your place, as the system will automatically decline your offer after 14 days.  

Once you have accepted your offer, you will be sent out instructions about student funding, joining instructions and induction date. 

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, about 2 – 3 weeks before the course starts. 

More questions? Contact us about this course

0141 272 3782