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Sports Coach Apprenticeship

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.
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.

Course Info

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Sutton Coldfield College

Entry Requirements

Applicants must be 19+. I ndividual employers set the selection criteria however, for entry onto this apprenticeship, applicants must have Grade 4/C or above in GCSE Maths AND English and have completed a BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in a Sports related course. Applications will be considered from Applicants who have completed 3 A Levels and can show relevant Sports Coaching experience/qualifications. Of equal importance are skills like motivation and work ethic, good interpersonal skills, good communication skills and a willingness to learn. Employers will set specifications depending on the role. You should also have at least 1 NGB Certificate in Coaching at Level 1 or above as well as experience in coaching at either a sports club or holiday club.

Delivery and Assessment

The duration of the apprenticeship is 18 months depending on the needs of the employer and the learner, followed by a 3 month End Point Assessment. Tasks and Assessments are delivered through set study days and distance learning on a VLE platform or in college. As part of the apprenticeship, there will be a number of specific skills that your employer or college tutor will monitor and observe to prove that you have reached a certain level of understanding. Delivery will be through a blended model of classroom delivery, distance learning and training and support in the workplace.


After completing the Level 4 Sports Coaching Apprenticeship, successful apprentices should be looking for permanent sport coaching employment in the selected pathway e.g. Supporting PE in Schools. Alternatively, there is the option to pursue HE opportunities to gain further qualifications to support other career opportunities.

Career Opportunities

  • Community Sports Coach Club Coach PE Teacher* (would need to follow HE pathway) Classroom Assistant Sports Leader Sports Analyst