This apprenticeship usually takes 18 months to complete during which you will participate in training, development and on-going review activities. Some of the knowledge modules we teach during this apprenticeship are:

  • Coaching philosophies and professional practice that consider key stakeholder needs, sporting contexts and codes

  • Professional development planning methods and self-awareness skills training techniques

  • Transformational coaching methods and strategic planning techniques

  • Organisational vision, strategies, policies and processes required to ensure legal, ethical, effective and efficient coaching systems. Including current health and safety, safeguarding, data protection and equality laws

  • Approaches to organisational workforce structures that underpin best practice and showcase the value of scope within the coaching team

  • Coaching team development and deployment techniques aligned to all relevant and current legislation, policy, process, operating standards and scopes of practice

  • Coaching service delivery approaches including industry support networks and collaborative, cohesive and competent coaching teams

  • Curriculum design methods and coaching pedagogies relevant to the participants unique development needs, the demands of the sport or physical activity and the occupational environment

  • And much more

The Level 4 Sports Coach apprenticeship is aimed at any advanced coach working in a school sport, community sport or high performance sport environment. The standard will support coaches 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.


The Level 4 Sports Coach standard improves all areas of coaching practice, including; developing their own coaching philosophy, designing and implementing effective coaching programmes, promoting holistic wellbeing within coaching programmes and creating positive environments to facilitate learning and skill acquisition.

Sports coaches working in schools have an important role to play in improving the health and wellbeing of children, families and communities by delivering inclusive and engaging activities that increase participation, help to raise educational standards and drive social change.