SCQF Level 4
Sport & Fitness

Course Overview

Strachan Football Personal Development is a unique course that provides an excellent opportunity for 16-19-year-olds with a passion for football. This course will develop your dynamic footballing skills, explore your personal fitness potential as well as increase your qualifications and employment prospects. This course can lead to a rewarding career in coaching, youth work and sports facility management and maintenance. ? 


This course is delivered in partnership by the Spartans Community Football Academy and Edinburgh College. You will have the opportunity to play in the Scottish Student Sports leagues and cup competitions as well as experience coaching workshops and masterclasses delivered by nationally recognised football coaches and practitioners. This is a one-year course and, upon completion, you will gain a National Certificate in Sport and Fitness with the opportunity to progress onto a further study. 


What You Will Learn

You will study subject areas that will help you understand?how the body works and adapts to sport and exercise and how to work effectively and safely as a team. There will be focus and support on improving: 

  • Written and Communication Skills 
  • Sporting Performance 
  • Testing your Own and Others Fitness Levels 
  • The Positive Impact of Sport and Physical Activity on the Individual and the Community 


Entry Requirements

  • Core and essentials skills at National 3 or above 
  • You must be motivated and committed to making improvements to your football playing ability, are keen to learn, want to gain further qualifications and improve your employment prospects 

English Proficiency Requirements
  • IELTS 5.5
How the course is assessed

You will be continually assessed through a variety of methods including written assessments, logbooks, group exercises, projects, assignments and practical tasks and observations. 

Information on Test/Auditions/Interview Requirements
  • The first step in the application process is to attend a football trial at The Academy. Students who are successful at the trial will then be invited to apply for the full Strachan Personal Development course

Progression And Articulation Routes

  • Adventure Leadership Studies (Employment Development) taught at Edinburgh College 
  • SVQ Level 2 courses in Sports Coaching or Activity Leadership  
  • Exercise and Fitness Studies 

Career Opportunities

It may be possible for you to gain direct entry to employment as a: 

  • Recreation assistant 
  • Assistant coach 
  • Assistant lifeguard 
  • Sports leader 
  • Gain a traineeship which could offer further worked based learning in relevant areas perhaps leading to a Modern Apprenticeship 


Number Of Days Per Week
  • 4-5 days per week
Course Cost And Funding Options
Student Stories

Edinburgh College has teamed up with Spartans Community Football Academy to give students new skills and confidence through the power of sport. Using the beautiful game as a learning tool, students are building core and essential skills through a partnership with Spartans.


Classes are delivered at the college and the Spartans Community Football Academy, where the students are enveloped in football culture and do their football training. Practical football sessions with Spartans coaches help them develop their teamwork and confidence. Lecturer David Hiddleston, who set up the course, said:  

“We wanted to try something a bit different, to expand how we reach different groups of students. We thought there were so many lessons they could learn from sport, which we could deliver in a fun, accessible, challenging and rewarding way. It’s been more successful than we could have hoped and the students have been absolutely inspired by working with Spartans. They’re really motivated to learn and all of them have shown significant improvements in their core and essential skills with teamwork, timekeeping and employability all increasing massively.” 

Edinburgh College student Finn Gray said:  

“One of the good things about the project with Spartans is that it makes studying more like real life. We covered working as a team, time management and making up training plans.” 

Read more of our student stories here


Start Date and Time

Full Time

This course will start week commencing...
  • Monday 30/08/2021
End Date

Full Time

This course will end on...
  • Friday 17/06/2022
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