Sports Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship

In Brief

Start Date / Duration

This is a flexible programme and can start at various times throughout the year. This will take a minimum of 18 months to complete.

Entry requirements

  • You don’t need any qualifications prior to starting this apprenticeship, however you will need some understanding of sport and health, within your chosen pathway.
  • If you don’t hold Level 2 in English and Maths, then you will need to achieve this prior to taking the End-Point Assessment.
  • The entry requirements for this apprenticeship will be decided by your employer.
  • You will need to find an employer willing to employ you as an apprentice. Please see our Apprenticeship Vacancies:

You will achieve

Level 4 Sports Coach Apprenticeship Standard. There is no diploma with this apprenticeship, however the Standard aligns with the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

Course overview

The Sports Coach Apprenticeship is suitable for anyone who has a passion to positively influence sport and physical activity in their local community.

The broad purpose of the Sports 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. Sports coaches aim to provide meaningful and high-quality learning, development, and performance experiences.

Course content

The course is split in to three pathways which are community coach, school sport coach or high performance coach. The modules you study will depend on your chosen pathway, but there are some core modules which will be covered across all pathways, these are:

  • Barriers to sport
  • Coaching pedagogy
  • Profiling
  • Wellbeing
  • Skill acquisition
  • Impact and effectiveness of current delivery

The course itself is delivered face-to-face, with the expectancy that you will gather evidence away from College.

Within this course, you will be required to plan, do and review on a current delivery with your employer. It will be your responsibility to lead volunteers, coaches or staff members and promote a culture of development. Due to the nature of the course, and apprentices often working in busy environments, the course has been designed to be flexible, for example assessments can be spoken, rather than written if preferred.

You will complete:

  • A work-based project and report
  • Professional discussion
  • Presentations
  • Coaching observation
  • Professional discussion
  • Exams in English and Maths if you do not already hold the required level (grade C/4 and above is required)
  • End-Point Assessment

You will require a pen, access to the internet and a supporter/mentor who works at the same employer as you.

Honeywell Sports Campus
Honeywell Lane
S75 1BP

You can progress on to university, a higher level apprenticeship or full-time work.

How much does the course cost?

There is no cost to being an apprentice. All costs associated with your apprenticeship, including the cost of training and your salary, will be paid by your employer.

Extra information

For further information please contact the team on +44 (0)1226 216 123 or email:



Barnsley College has a range of sports opportunities for all students to take part in, gain professional training and compete nationally and internationally. We also have a state-of-the-art fitness village, Honeywell Sports Village where students can make use of our fitness suite, spinning studio and classes for competitive rates. You don’t have to be studying sport to get involved in the Sports Academy.

Sports Coach Level 4 Apprenticeship

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