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Sports Coach — Higher Apprenticeship (Level 4)

Apprenticeship outline

This occupation is found in the sport and physical activity sector in high-performance, community and school environments.

High performance sport coaches develop athletes and players in high-performance settings, including those on talent or development pathways, national or international programmes, professional or podium environments.

Community sport coaches motivate and engage people of all ages and abilities in community sports and physical activity settings. Community sport includes local authority, charity and national governing body of sport community initiatives or clubs.

School sport coaches collaborate with teachers to develop pupils’ mastery of psychomotor skills by applying a whole child approach in their coaching. They work in all categories of school and registered childcare environments.

The broad purpose of the Sport Coach occupation is to use extensive technical and tactical sports knowledge and skills to design and deliver coaching programmes that engage, motivate and evolve participants’ skills and performance.

Sport coaches aim to provide meaningful and high-quality learning, development and performance experiences. They support the achievement of medals in talent, national and international competition, enrich performance in local competitions, increase participation, raise educational standards, enhance wellbeing and drive social change. Sport coaches can influence national wellness to reduce burden on the National Health Service.

In their daily work, a sports coach interacts with and influences the coaching team including assistant coaches, coaches, managers, sponsors, boards and wider industry support networks. They do this through the design and delivery of their own coaching philosophy and professional practices in line with the organisational visions, strategies, policies and processes. They may also influence professional and governing bodies through their own practice. Sports Coaches measure the impact of their coaching strategies through analysis of participant, coach, coaching team and organisational perception and performance data. This is then benchmarked against local, national and international trends relevant to the environment in which they are coaching.

Sports coaches work both autonomously and collaboratively to deliver progressive programmes that align to wider curriculum plans. These are tailored to individuals and diverse groups of participants based on robust profiling techniques and whole person development needs.

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Vacancy Post Employer/Location Salary
Apprentice Sports Coach
(Closing date: 23/12/2022)
£7,503.60 (Annually)
Study location Basford 664 Nuthall Road, Basford, Nottingham, NG8 6AQ

Day Release

Start date

You can start this Apprenticeship at any time of the year.


Sports Coach - Level 4 Standard


18 - 24 months

Level Level 4
Entry requirements

Candidates will have Level 2 maths and English (equivalent to GCSE grade 9 - 4 (A* - C), ideally as part of 5 GCSEs at grades 9 - 4 (A* - C) or other comparable qualifications. Apprentices without English or maths at Level 2 must achieve this prior to the completion of the Apprenticeship.

Teaching & assessment

Each unit is continually assessed. You will present evidence of competence through practical assessments and the production of a personal portfolio. A behavioural log will be assessed by your employer and you will complete an End Point Assessment in the final 3 months of your study.

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