• Code: ED
  • Certification:

       BTEC Level 3 Award Specialist Award in collaboration with Liverpool Football Club Coaching Skills & Practice

    FAI PDP1, PDP2 & PDP3 Youth certificate in Soccer Coaching

    QQI Level 5 Award in Sport, Recreation and exercise (5M5146) 

    First Aid Training

  • Duration: One Year


Elements of this course are designed as a collaboration between QQI and FAI and also between Pearson Awarding Body (BTEC) and Liverpool Football Club.
The Pearson BTEC International Specialist Award in Liverpool Coaching Skills and Practice is designed to provide both male and female learners interested in coaching football with the opportunity to gain some knowledge and skills required to work in the sport industry as a football coach. It is for learners who wish to explore coaching “The Liverpool Way” and use theories and practices to plan, deliver and review their own coaching session.

The course offers pathways into higher education and the football and fitness industries. Existing football skills will be improved, and applicants will also be introduced to a broad range of general coaching skills through the FAI PDP1, PDP2 and PDP3 coaching programmes. The associated PDP coaching badges present employment as a football coach and referee in Ireland. Participants of this course will attain a range of recognised professional qualifications that assist entry to Higher Education institutes in Ireland and present employment opportunities in the Sports and Fitness industry in Ireland.

Programme of Study


  • PDP 1; PDP 2PDP 3 
  • First Aid


  • Liverpool Football Club Coaching Skills & Practice


  • Sport and Recreation Studies
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Communication
  • Work Experience
  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Nutrition
  • Business Administration
  • Soccer Coaching
  • FAI Referees Badge

Components subject to change

Entry Requirements

One of the following:

  • Leaving Certificate or its equivalent. Extenuating circumstances may be considered
  • Leaving Certificate Applied Award
  • Full QQI Level 4 Award
  • Mature Applicants – experience will be considered in lieu of formal qualifications

Garda vetting is necessary prior to work experience placement.

Career Opportunities
  • Soccer Coach
  • Sports Coach
Higher Education Progression*

Examples of potential courses include:


  • Personal Trainer, Strength &Conditioning

SETU - South Eastern Technical University (Carlow Campus):

  • Bachelor of Arts in Sport & Exercise Science (SE905)
  • Physiology and Health Science (SE936)
  • Sports Rehabilitation and Athletic Therapy (SE901)
  • Strength and Conditioning (SE903)
  • Sport, Business and Coaching (SE9320) (H)
  • Sport, Business and Coaching (SE910)

TU Dublin (Blanchardstown Campus):

  • BA Sports Management and Coaching (TU735)
  • BA (H)Sports Management and Coaching (TU935)

TU Dublin (Tallaght Campus):

  • BSC Sports Science and Health (TU736)
  • BSC Sports Studies (TU737)

TU Dublin (Grangegorman Campus):

  • BSC Sports and Leisure Management (YU955)

ATU - Atlantic Technical University (Letterkenny Campus):

  • BSC Sport and Exercise (AU322)
  • BSC Sport and Exercise with Physical Education (AU320)


  • Sports Studies & Physical Education (CK116) 

SETU South East Technological University (Waterford Campus):

  • BSc in Sports Coaching (SE904)
  • BSC Sport and Exercise Science
  • (SE902) BBus in Recreation & Sport Management (SE933)
  • BBus (H) in Recreation & Sport Management (SE906)

*Places are not guaranteed in these Institutes and are subject to students meeting certain criteria. Please consult the individual college websites for more information on application. Information available also at www.cao.ie

Course Co-Ordinator

Charlie Batt

Where are they now?

Meet BIFE students who have graduated from this course...

nathan feeney"There is always a different route to college. By completing the B.I.F.E Soccer and Fitness Instruction course, it allowed me to go into the Soccer Degree Course in Carlow IT, which I thought I would never get into, and pursue my goal of becoming a soccer coach. The facilities were great alongside the lecturers who really push you to achieve your best. BIFE enabled me to achieve all my goals." - Nathan Feeney

"I spent two years in BIFE, in these 2 years I got my soccer/gym instruction and personal training qualifications. The help and support I received from the lecturers was amazing, they make everything as easy as they can in order for you to succeed. I feel like some of the things I learnt here has helped to further my football career as I am playing for Bray Wanderers" - Daniel Blackbyrne

"The help I received to help me attain this course in Soccer Studies & Gym Instruction was immense. I cannot praise the courses or all the tutors enough. On the back of this education and several contacts made from the courses, I have opened up my own Goalkeeping business which has always been my passion. I am currently working with Bray Wanders and that is testament to the education, support and help from BIFE." - Ian Fowler

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