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Apprenticeship training course

Sports coach (level 4)

Use sports knowledge and skills to create and deliver coaching programmes.

Qualification level
Equivalent to higher national certificate (HNC).
Typical duration
18 months
Apprenticeship category
Health and science
Maximum funding
Maximum amount government will fund
for apprenticeship training.
Also known as
  • Club Coach
  • Community Coach
  • Performance/Pathway/Podium Coach
  • School Coach
  • Talent Development Coach
Skills an apprentice will learn
  • Influence key stakeholders in the sporting context through own coaching philosophy and professional practice. 
  • Enhance coaching competencies and inter-intra-personal skills through continued professional development and self-awareness skills training.
  • Develop transformational coaching strategies and tactics that consider sector, sport, organisation and participants unique needs.
  • Comply with legal, ethical, effective and efficient coaching systems that align to the organisational vision, strategies, policies and processes.
  • Promote the value of the coaching team considering workforce structures and scopes including support staff, coaches, coaching assistants, and volunteers. 
  • Facilitate the development of the coaching team through due diligence, inductions, development and performance monitoring.
  • Deliver effective coaching services through industry support networks and a collaborative, cohesive and competent coaching team.
  • Design high quality curriculum that considers participants’ unique profiles, promotes ownership and informs micro, meso and macro plans as relevant to the sporting context.
  • Designs and delivers progressive programmes and selects coaching pedagogies that maximise engagement, whole child/person development and accelerates sustainable skill acquisition.
  • Delivers safe and effective coaching support to participants in practice, at events or competitions and influences learning and skill transfer across situations.
  • Embrace each participants uniqueness, their rights and advocates fairness, equality and diversity within the coaching environment.
  • Promote holistic wellbeing to control/contain stressors experienced by participants in their own context and environment.
  • Facilitate participant development by applying learning theory and skill acquisition techniques relevant to participants needs, sport specific demands and context.
  • Facilitate participant development and skill acquisition through positive learning environments and behaviour management strategies.
  • Facilitate participant development and skill acquisition through technological advancements and wider industry support mechanisms.
  • Measure the impact of the coaching strategies though analysis of participant, coach, coaching team and organisational perception and performance data.

Full information on Sports coach (level 4) is available from the Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Education.

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