Further Education

Further Education 2024-2025

GTI-GUFC Elite Football Professional Development 5M5146

This dual career programme is a unique opportunity for high level players to experience full-time coaching, training & education. Coaching and Training is provided by professional coaches at Galway United. The programme is aimed at players with a proven track record at an advanced level of the game. It enables students to develop and perfect their soccer performance skills whilst also gaining a full QQI qualification in Sport, Recreation and Exercise at level 5, the successful completion of which allows for progression to Universities & TU's. A substantial element of this course is the provision of additional coaching hours in a high performance environment. FAI coaching qualifications are included in this award. This is a full-time course with coaching delivered by UEFA qualified coaches.

Entry Requirements
  • Pre-entry guidance meeting

  • Football Skills Assessment

  • Fitness Assessment

  • Football CV

  • Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied, or equivalent

Course Content
  • Soccer Coaching 5N4887

  • Sport & Recreation 5N2667

  • Exercise & Fitness 5N2668

  • Sports Injury Prevention 5N5665

  • Soccer 4N3206

  • Sports Anatomy & Physiology 5N4648

  • Work Experience 5N1356

  • Nutrition 5N2006

  • Communications 5N0690

Coaching Expertise

Galway United will provide professional coaching in a high performance environment

Progression in Soccer
  • Opportunity to play at the highest level of soccer in Ireland

  • Participation in National Colleges League

  • Opportunity to progress to a career in professional football


Student Contribution: €175

Please note: Additional charges may apply. Details TBC.


Sport, Recreation & Exercise QQI 5M5146

  • FAI D Licence

  • ITEC Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing Gym-Based Exercise

  • ITEC Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training Gym-Based Exercise

Additional Certification may incur additional fees. Check with Course Teacher for further information.


Students may apply for the opportunity to participate in a fully funded work placement abroad

For more Information

Please contact johnny.glynn@gretb.ie


This is a full-time one-year course and runs from September to May


GTI reserves the right to make changes in any course, to limit the number of places available or to withdraw a course. No part of this information shall be deemed to form a contract between the Institute and a student or third party.

Adult Education

Full-time registered students of GTI may access a range of adult education courses at a reduced fee.