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Level 3
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Qualification Grading Type


Grade Descriptors

  • GD1-Understanding the subject
  • GD2-Application of knowledge
  • GD3-Application of skills
  • GD7-Quality

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

    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

  • 5,3

    Agree a development plan for improving own coaching, with SMART targets.

  • 5.1

    Review own performance in leading a sports coaching session against aims and objectives in the plan.

  • 5.2

    Identify areas of strength and areas for improvement using:

    a. own self-assessment

    b. feedback from others.