Full Time

Subject Area

Sport and Public Services




16-18 Year Olds



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Who is this course for?

This course is for budding coaches who would like to develop their coaching and teaching skills through volunteering opportunities while studying on a full time sports qualification.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You will need to have four GCSEs at a grade C or above including Maths and English.

What are the key things you'll learn?

This course will cover a range of areas involved with sports coaching including:

  • Work experience in sport
  • Sports coaching leadership
  • Fitness testing
  • Instructing physical activity
  • Rules, regulations and officiating

As part of the course you will also undertake a variety of coaching related courses including a Level 1 coaching badge, the Community Sports Leaders Award and a coaching award in a disability sport.

How you will learn

This course is taught through a mixture of theory and practical lessons in our brand new Sports Academy at Bede Campus by Sports Leadership Academy accredited coaches.

You will also be provided with a coaching mentor who will provide help on accessing additional funding for extra courses and development opportunities.

The Coaching Development Centre also includes work experience placements to enhance your CV

Where could this course take you?

After successfully graduation from the Coaching Development Centre you could progress on to a higher education course at Sunderland College or university including Foundation Degrees in Sports Coaching or Exercise, Health and Fitness.

You could also move in to employment as a coach, sports co-ordinator, sport development officer or as an instructor in a gym or leisure centre.

What costs will you incur?

If you are aged between 19 and 23 years old (on the first day of your course) and do not already have a full Level 3 of higher qualification, you will not have to pay course fees. This may be different for learners studying on a course in the workplace.

If you are aged 19 or over, on the first day of your course, studying at Level 3 or above, you are able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs of your course, similar to arrangements for higher education students.