Level 4

Sports Coach Apprenticeship

Level 4 Sports Coach
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Sports Coaching

Awarding Body

Active IQ



Delivery Method

Blended Learning (Online & Face-to-Face)

Guided Learning Hours


Course Duration

12-18 Months


The Level 4 Sports Coach is the new industry standard apprenticeship for people who work in high-performance, community and school environments.

Level 4 Sports Coach is designed with a set of ‘core duties’ that all sports coaching apprentices must achieve, and three sets of ‘optional duties’, of which they must choose one set that most suits their coaching environment (their Pathway), from:

  • School Coach Duties
  • Community Coach Duties
  • High Performance Coach Duties

Full time apprentices will typically spend 12-18 months on-programme working towards the occupational standard, with a minimum of 20% off-the-job training. The training will be delivered by First Step Training and apprentices will gain on-the-job experience with the employing organisation.


Apprentices will:

  • Develop a coaching philosophy.
  • Understand coaching methods and learning styles.
  • Understand how wider issues impact coaching.
  • Develop Participant profiles.
  • Plan, deliver and review PE curriculums and extracurricular sports activities.
  • Understand schools as organisations.
  • Develop knowledge of education standards, trends, frameworks and contemporary influences.


Assessment of the apprentice will be carried out by an independent assessment organisation – End Point Assessor (EPA).

Apprentices will undertake 3 assessments:

  • Assessment method 1: Work based project and presentation with questioning.
  • Assessment method 2: Practical observation with questioning.
  • Assessment method 3: Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio.

Why Study?

The Level 4 Sports Coach prepares you for employment in a school sport setting and provides opportunities for you to work as a physical education and school sport professional.

This could include roles such as a Senior Children’s Activity Professional, a School Sport Coach, or a School Sports Leader.

This qualification has the professional recognition of The Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA) at level 4.

Related Courses

1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of PE and School Sport

Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of PE & School Sport


Level 4 Sports Coach Apprenticeship

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Level 4 Sports Coach
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