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  • Start date:   August 2021
  • Level of Qualification:   SCQF Level 5


This course is suitable for people who want to start a career in football coaching. Most of your time is spent on the training pitch, supplemented by the theory you need for future work in this area.

Read about Lennon Smith's West Lothian College experience here

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  • What the course includes

    The course includes:

    • Recreational association football
    • Teamwork through sport
    • Performance indoor football
    • Nutrition health and wellbeing
    • Developing leadership within physical activities
    • Human anatomy and physical activities
    • Mental health and wellbeing 

    You also have the chance to gain National 5 PE.

Why choose this course

You will have the chance to gain formal governing body awards and to shadow, and participate in, various jobs at professional clubs. The college is an active member of Scottish Student Sport. We have sports teams in football, rugby, basketball and badminton, so you will have the opportunity to represent the college in various external leagues.

Entry requirements

  • Three National 4 qualifications at C grade or above, one of which must be English

We welcome applications from people with relevant life and work experience.

An Enhanced Disclosure Scotland application is required which you will do through the college if offered a place.

If English is not your first language, ESOL Level 5 is an entry requirement for this course.

  • Where it leads

    Education: level 6 sport and fitness or other level 6 courses at West Lothian College. Previous sport and fitness students have progressed onto further study at Dundee University, Stirling University, Aberdeen University, University of the West of Scotland and Queen Margaret University.

    Employment: a career within sport and fitness, with a focus on football.Previous sport and fitness students have found employment with Rangers Football Club. Hibernian Football Club, Murieston United Football Club and Xcite.

Interview arrangements

If you are invited for an interview/course information session, plan to be in college for around two hours. The interview includes:

  • An introduction from the course tutor
  • An individual interview
  • Short written task

Please bring your practical kit and be prepared to take part in fitness testing activities. Also bring evidence of your qualifications and/or employment references.


Fees, Finance & Funding

There may be help available to assist with your study related costs. Impartial, confidential help and advice on financial matters is available from the Student Funding Team - including Bursaries, Educational Maintenance Allowance (EMA), Student Awards Agency for Scotland, Student Loans Company and student support funds. Click here to find out more.

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Take that next step in your career and apply for this course today. If the course is not yet open for applications, register your interest or feel free to ask any questions by clicking make an enquiry.