Working with athletes, sports coaches or instructors train competitors of all abilities from absolute beginners to international professionals, in both individual and team events. To become a sports coach or instructor you have to become certified in your chosen field. It is important that any certification that you train for is accredited by the relevant national governing body (NGB).
NGB courses for sports coaches are usually part-time, and you can find details of them at the individual NGB websites.
One way of getting high level coaching certification is through a degree in coaching, sports science, sports studies, movement studies or physical education. Many of these courses will offer individual sport training as an option for students who wish to specialize in a particular area.
An alternative route is the BTEC/SQA Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Leisure Studies. This course offers a sports coaching option. Edexcel Foundation, National Certificate and Diploma courses also incorporate coaching within a broad programme of part-time or full-time study.
There are also a variety of NVQs and SVQS available in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations. The level 1 award in Active Leisure and Learning is a broad general background course, but it offers a pathway into NVQs/SVQs at level 2. At levels 2 and 3 there is a NVQ/SVQ in Coaching, Teaching and Instructing which are awarded in the context of a specific sport/activity and age group.
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