Entry Requirements

Students would normally have completed Physical Education at National 4/SCQF level 5 or 6. Where this is not possible students should have a general interest in sport with knowledge of the rules and procedures in football through participation or observations.

Aims of Course

The Referee Development Award provides an opportunity for students to develop their understanding of Scottish FA: Laws of the Game and Scottish FA Practical Refereeing. It allows students to develop their personal leadership qualities, knowledge and skills in football.

Description of the Course

Students will complete 3 of the following units:


Participants should be aware that assessment will take place in both theoretical and practical contexts.

Future Progression Routes in Subject

This award provides students with 1 year’s membership with their local refereeing association, this gives them the opportunity to attend training and mix with elite referees in Scotland. The award enables students to referee at grass roots level football, which allows them to earn money based on the games that they referee in the wider community.

Having this understanding of the game is beneficial when pursuing further awards in football such as coaching as they will have a greater understanding of the game they are about to coach.