Level 3
Unit No:
Guided learning hours:
35 hours

Assessment Guidance

Portfolio of EvidenceLearners should be supervised by an appropriate person when leading a sports coaching session.

Unit Learning Outcomes


Understand the roles, responsibilities and skills of sports coaches.

Assessment Criteria

  • 1.1
    Compare the roles and responsibilities of coaches working in different sports.
  • 1.2
    Analyse the skills common to successful sports coaches across different sports.


Understand how sports coaches work with athletes to improve sporting performance.

Assessment Criteria

  • 2.1
    Evaluate the different strategies and techniques sports coaches use to improve the sporting performance of athletes.
  • 2.2
    Explain the importance of the relationship between athlete and coach.


Be able to plan a sports coaching session.

Assessment Criteria

  • 3.1
    Produce a plan for a coaching session which
    a) includes aims and objectives
    b) sets clear targets or goals
    c) takes account of participants’ needs, interests, strengths, abilities, personal characteristics (e.g. age, gender)
    d) includes resources


Be able to lead a sports coaching session.

Assessment Criteria

  • 4.1
    Deliver a sports coaching session in line with own plan.
  • 4.2
    Demonstrate appropriate coaching techniques and strategies.
  • 4.3
    Make effective use of resources and equipment.


Be able to assess own coaching.

Assessment Criteria

  • 5.1
    Review own performance in leading a sports coaching session against aims and objectives in session plan.
  • 5.2
    Use own self-assessment and feedback from others (e.g. participants or observers) to identify areas of strength and areas for improvement.
  • 5.3
    Set out a development plan for improving own coaching.