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High Performance Sports Coach

Level: 4
Typical Duration: 18 months

Possible Job Role: Performance Coach, Pathway Coach, Podium Coach

Course Overview

High performance sports coaches develop athletes and players in high-performance settings, including those on talent or development pathways, national or international programmes, professional or podium environments.
High performance sports coaches design and deliver coaching programmes that focus on the acceleration of sustainable development and high performance of athletes/players to enhance the national and international positioning of the sport.
High performance sport coaches profile athlete/player bio-psycho-social attributes, as well as their sport-specific technical and tactical skills to set development and performance goals. These are then used to inform the creation of a high-level curriculum plan that considers practice and competition schedules.
Stakeholders in this context include athletes, players, parents, peers, managers, sponsors, professional organisations, national governing bodies and performance support staff such as sport scientists, sports medics and performance analysts.

Qualification Achieved

On completion of this Apprenticeship, you will hold a Level 4 High Performance Sport Coach Apprenticeship.
Additional qualifications achieved include:

  • Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics
  • Level 2 Functional Skills English


The role may act as a gateway to further career and training opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • Learning and Skills Teacher Level 5
  • Academy Coach
  • Performance Coach

Learning & Assessment

Apprentices will be assigned a dedicated tutor. The tutor will visit monthly in the workplace, as well as being on hand to support throughout the duration of the apprenticeship programme. The frequency of these sessions may be more, depending on the needs of the apprentice.

End Point Assessment

Each Apprentice must undergo an independent end-point assessment to determine the outcome of their apprenticeship. The assessments will assess the knowledge, skills and behaviours gained during their programme. The methods in which this apprenticeship are assessed are:

  • Work based project and presentation with questioning
  • Practical observation with questioning
  • Professional discussion underpinned by a portfolio

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set their own criteria for this apprenticeship.

Hire an Apprentice

We can work with you to source a suitable applicant for your organisation or you can up-skill your existing employees. If the employee is under 19 and your business has fewer than 50 employees, there will be no cost for the training. If they are over 19 and/or your business has over 50 employees then you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the training. For any businesses paying into the levy, all training costs will be covered.


With our Talent Match recruitment service, Talent Bank, we will advertise your vacancy, screen applicants and pre-interview potential prospects in order to ensure you only interview the most appropriate candidates for your vacancy – all free of charge.


We offer a dedicated virtual learning platform which allows learners to keep on track of their course. In addition to this, it allows our tutors and employers to keep up-to-date with the progression of learners.