Advanced Coach

Are you a high performing coach looking to take the ultimate step in your development?


The Level 4 Advanced Coach programme is designed for coaches just like you, to provide and deliver an advanced programme of professional education, creating and maintaining an optimal learning environment.

Quick Facts

How much will it cost?

The cost of studying for the diploma and Level 4 Advanced Coach is £4300 which is spread out over two payments across the two years and if you are successfully accepted onto the course you will be invoiced for this cost by British Rowing.

How long is the award?

The learning programme is delivered part time over two years.

What will I get out of it?

Upon successful completion you will be able to design, implement and evaluate the process and outcomes of long-term specialist coaching programmes significantly impacting on the learning, development and performance of your athletes/participants and on the sport as a whole.

Who can attend?

This qualification is aimed at coaches who have the desire to learn, have the openness to take on new ideas, and to reflect on their current coaching practice.  Coaches interested in the programme will be invited to an information day to learn more about the programme, to decide if it is the right option for them and identify their next steps.

You will also need to check that you meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold UKCC Level 3 Senior Club Coach or recognised equivalent.
  • Show evidence of commitment to a high performing coach environment for the previous six years.
  • Hold a range of evidence of on-going professional development.
  • Provide two references who can verify coaching expertise and experience.
  • Evidence of current coaching practice.
  • Be athlete-centred in the approach to coaching.
  • Hold an ambassadorial role across sport.
  • Have identified a mentor that will support sport based ‘technical development’.
  • Attend the Level 4 Advanced Coach Orientation Day.

How do I apply?

Step 1

Book onto and attend the Level 4 Advanced Coach Orientation Day. For further information please email

For all new course dates and workshops including information on the Level 4 Advanced Coach please see the calendar.

Step 2

Complete the British Rowing Application Form following attendance on the Level 4 Advanced Coach Orientation Day.

Step 3

Attend an interview with British Rowing (where applicable).

Step 4

Attend the Induction day at the awarding University on successful application/interview with British Rowing.

How is the award structured?

When working towards a Level 4 Advanced Coach qualification you will be required to attend the Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Sports Coaching which is a two year programme delivered across three 2-day blocks a year, at a range of venues in partnership with the awarding university.

It is a work based learning course designed to provide you with theory and research to challenge, support and inspire current coaching practice.  During the two year course as well as the face to face blocks outlined above, there will also be distance learning opportunities and visits by coaching and technical mentors to your host club.

In addition to the evidence that will be collated during the technical mentor visits you will be required to complete 360° feedback and work with specialists to support your development, provide a coaching log as well as completing assessments as set out by the University programme.

These assignments, whilst meeting a high standard of academic rigour, will be relevant to your own situation, enabling you to apply any findings directly to your own coaching environment and allowing you to draw upon own coaching practice and experience. All assignments are mapped to the Level 4 Advanced Coach outcomes that you are working towards and will provide additional evidence for the Level 4 Advanced Coach.

How do I complete the award?

At the end of year two, following your successful completion of the Post Graduate Diploma, you will be invited to the final Level 4 Advanced Coach assessment. This will take the form of a presentation to a panel and will also include a professional discussion.

You may complete and be awarded the PG Diploma at the end of year two but find that you need to provide further evidence against the Level 4 Advanced Coach outcomes before being awarded a Level 4 Advanced Coach.  You cannot however achieve the Level 4 Advanced Coach without meeting the assessment criteria of the PG Diploma.

At the end of this programme of study you have the option to continue your studies and complete credits to make up the diploma to Masters level.

Upcoming Orientation Days

Sorry, there are no upcoming courses.

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