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Course description

This course focuses on the skills and competences required to be able to plan, deliver and evaluate annual coaching programmes, either working independently (if over the age of 18) or as part of a coaching team. Coaching topics include (list not exhaustive):

  • Roles within coaching sport.
  • Code of practice.
  • Health and safety.
  • Communication and learning preferences.
  • Physical fitness.
  • Equality and diversity.
  • Nutrition and weight management.
  • Sport psychology.
  • Participant development.
  • Disability awareness.
  • The advanced coaching process.
  • Injury prevention and management.
  • Drugs in sport.
  • Managing a coaching programme

Who is the course for?

The course is for those individuals who have/aspire to have responsibility for the planning, delivery, and evaluation of annual coaching programmes. These individuals are operating or aspire to operate as lead or head coaches.

The course is also an opportunity for those that are currently operating unqualified and wish to gain recognition of their coaching practice. It can also help coaches improve their coaching craft.

What is the value of the course?

The qualification is recognised as the industry standard level 3 qualification for coaches by UK Coaching. Learners should be able to approach their National Governing Body and see if they would accept recognition of prior learning – meaning that if you wanted to attend a level 3 sport specific course, the course may be shortened to recognise the learning that you have already covered. The qualification is also endorsed by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA).

The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to enable learners to progress to other industry-relevant qualifications in coaching sports, activity leadership, supporting PE in school sport and sports development.

Learner eligibility

Prior to registration learners are required to:

  • Provide an appropriate form of I.D
  • Be at least 16 years of age
  • Be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking reading and writing)

Have access to a laptop and good WiFi to complete the e-learning modules. Any special learning requirements must be made clear at the registration process.

As the recognised centre delivering this qualification, we strongly recommend that learners wishing to complete this course already hold a L2 coaching qualification or have substantial prior coaching experience. If you are unsure if you meet the eligibility for this qualification please contact us at


This course involves registration onto the 1st4Sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching (Sport and Physical Activity) qualification. Our open courses are delivered through remote e-learning and practical coaching observations.

Learners will be required to:

Phase 1

  • Complete e-learning modules (16 modules) and tasks within their qualification portfolio. This will also involve:
    • Completing a participant/player profile
    • Designing and planning an annual / seasonal periodised coaching programme for a participant or team, based on the outcome of the participant/player profile.
    • Producing a minimum of 8 coaching sessions, ideally lasting an hour in duration.
  • Once these elements are completed, you will submit your portfolio to us. This will be assessed by a Coach Developer, and we will provide you with feedback.

Phase 2

Deliver 1 x 40-minute physical activity /sport session in their own environment. This can be selected from one of the eight coaching sessions produced above. This should be videoed and sent to us for assessment. Feedback will be provided by a Coach Developer.

Phase 3

Deliver 1 x 40-minute physical activity /sport session in their own environment. This can be selected from one of the eight coaching sessions produced above. This should be videoed and sent to us for assessment. Again, this will be assessed, and feedback will be provided.

Registration is valid for a 3-year period. Therefore, learners could complete phase 1 initially and then progress onto phase 2 and 3 when appropriate. All phases need to be completed prior to achieving certification. Re-assessment fees would be applicable if learners were deemed not yet competent.


Learners will be required to complete a portfolio and record videos in their own coaching environment.

Should learners wish to have a visit from an assessor (rather than be assessed virtually), there will be additional costs. Please email to arrange this.

Cost and booking

£350 per person.  Bookings can be made below, please read our terms and conditions before

Register Interest

The registration of interest process is free. Your payment details are not required. You will be asked to complete your 'booking' details but this will simply be to register your interest and not book onto a course.

Would you like further information?

For any questions, please email us at