Apprenticeship Standards Sports Coach (L4)

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This level 4 apprenticeship standard is typically designed as an 18-month programme (this does not include EPA period) and is for apprentices who wish to gain the skills, knowledge and behavioural competences required to work in a high-performance, community and school environment role.

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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.

Professional recognition

This standard aligns with the following professional recognition:

The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) for 4


Mandatory requirement

In order to meet the apprenticeship standard apprentices will be required to hold or achieve:

  • Achieve a minimum of Level 2 Maths and Level 2 English

English and Maths

Apprentices without Level 2 English and maths will need to achieve this level prior to taking the end-point assessment.

For those with an education, health and care plan or a legacy statement, the apprenticeship’s English and maths minimum requirement is Entry Level 3. A British Sign Language (BSL) qualification is an alternative to the English qualification for those whose primary language is BSL.

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