Sports Coaching (Level 3)

Cambridge Open College


£259 inc VAT
Or £43.17/mo. for 6 months... Read more
Study method
Online, self-paced
No formal qualification
Additional info
  • Tutor is available to students
  • Certificate of completion available and is included in the price

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Many people believe or think that sports coaches are the same as sports trainers. While many coaches are also qualified to train and instruct, their wider remit is to help and encourage participants to achieve their full potential. It’s more about working with them to get their attitudes, lifestyle and focus right.


Coaches often work with teams as well as individuals, ranging from professional sports people to community teams or school groups. Their primary function is to improve performance.

Sports coaches often advise on training programmes and their components, such as diet, sleep patterns, mental stimulus and external activities. It’s this mix of psychological and social influences that needs to be funneled or channeled in a positive direction if the sportsman or sportswoman is to achieve to their maximum potential.

Coaches develop physical and physiological fitness, and aim to provide the best possible environment and conditions for their participants’ maximal performance. They are frequently treated more as a mentor than a trainer.

This superb course will help potential sports coaches to understand what they are up against, and what special skills they need to acquire. It covers the personal and professional qualities needed to become a competent coach and explores coaching processes. It looks at psychology, nutrition, exercise, and lifestyle management, and the aspects of anatomy and physiology that effect all sports people.

The course covers training, monitoring and preparing athletes for success, and how to analyse results and performances. It also covers ethics and good practice.

If you want to get into sports coaching at even an amateur level, then this course is possibly the best preparation you could do. Enrol today.

Who is this course for?

Part of our Sports and Fitness section, this outstanding Level 3 course will give you a good grounding in the techniques and practices involved in Coaching Sports. The course is essential to anyone considering a coaching role at either a professional or enthusiastic amateur level.


Upon completion, graduates will receive a diploma from Cambridge Open College. In addition, graduates will also be awarded with a certificate that is endorsed by Focus Awards. Focus Awards only endorse courses that meet and exceed their stringent quality requirements.

Career path

Upon completion, graduates will receive a diploma from Cambridge Open College. In addition, graduates will also be awarded with a certificate that is endorsed by Focus Awards. Focus Awards only endorse courses that meet and exceed their stringent quality requirements.

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Phil Wilson asked:

I'm a Black Belt in Japanese Jiu-Jitsu. Would the course you are advertising work for me??


Hello Phil Thank you for your message. The Sports Coaching course we offer is an introductory, knowledge-based course in sports coaching, so there are no practical requirements.

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Mohamed asked:

Can I go to university with this course?


Hello Mohamed, Thank you for your email. No, upon completion you would receive a certificate of achievement. It is not a nationally recognised qualification and does not carry UCAS points. It may be worth looking into some of the regulated qualifications such as the Level 3 Certificate in Personal Training, and speaking to any potential universities about their entry requirements if you are looking to progress into Higher Education.

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Francesco asked:

I need level 1 and level 2 for this course?


Hello Francesco, no there is no prior knowledge / qualification required for the Sports Coaching course.

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Matt asked:

Is this a Ngb level 3 in sports coaching


Hello Matt, unfortunately not. This course leads to a certificate of achievement from Focus Awards; it is purely knowledge-based and is designed for those looking to gain a better understanding of sports coaching theory.

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Noah asked:

Hi, do you get an official qualification for completing this course? I am looking to do coaching in the future, preferably in football.


Hello Noah, You receive a certificate of achievement upon completion; this is not a nationally recognised qualification, and is designed for CPD and for those looking to learn more about the topic.

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What does study method mean?

Study method describes the format in which the course will be delivered. At courses are delivered in a number of ways, including online courses, where the course content can be accessed online remotely, and classroom courses, where courses are delivered in person at a classroom venue.

What are CPD hours/points?

CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development. If you work in certain professions or for certain companies, your employer may require you to complete a number of CPD hours or points, per year. You can find a range of CPD courses on, many of which can be completed online.

What is a ‘regulated qualification’?

A regulated qualification is delivered by a learning institution which is regulated by a government body. In England, the government body which regulates courses is Ofqual. Ofqual regulated qualifications sit on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF), which can help students understand how different qualifications in different fields compare to each other. The framework also helps students to understand what qualifications they need to progress towards a higher learning goal, such as a university degree or equivalent higher education award.

What is an ‘endorsed’ course?

An endorsed course is a skills based course which has been checked over and approved by an independent awarding body. Endorsed courses are not regulated so do not result in a qualification - however, the student can usually purchase a certificate showing the awarding body’s logo if they wish. Certain awarding bodies - such as ABC Awards and TQUK - have developed endorsement schemes as a way to help students select the best skills based courses for them.


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