This course is designed to develop your knowledge and skills enabling you to pursue a career in the football industry. The course is very practical in nature and allows you to develop your playing performance in an elite setting whilst also developing skills in a range of additional roles including coaching, scouting, officiating and organising, sport science, and stadium management.

  • One year full-time
  • Basic sports coaching techniques
  • Deliver a coaching programme: football
  • Cardiovascular training
  • Free weights
  • Sporting activity: association football
  • Sporting activity participation and performance
  • Sports officiating and organising – formal: association football
  • Nutrition and health
  • Sports: activity and participation opportunities in the community
  • Research
  • Stewarding
  • Event organisation
  • First aid

You must be able to demonstrate practical ability at a regional or national level (e.g. Pro club member, Fife Schools, or SFA Regional Performance Squad, within the last two years) and possess one of the following:

  • Four National 5s at Grade C or above
  • Intermediate Certificate: Sport and Fitness (with a minimum of 13 assessed credits)
  • An equivalent Sport and Fitness related course at SCQF Level 5
  • or
  • Relevant industry experience and/or other qualifications will be considered on an individual basis


  • You will need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland in order to go out on the placement(s) as part of this course
  • HNC: Coaching and Developing Sport SCQF Level 7
  • HNC: Fitness, Health and Exercise SCQF Level 7
  • Sport and exercise science related degrees
  • You may be required to take part in an informal conversation as part of the application process. This group/individual conversation may be an information session, a portfolio discussion, or a skills based exercise
  • You will need a PVG check through Disclosure Scotland