Advanced Coach

Are you a high performing coach looking to use research and expertise to enhance your programme?


To read more about the Level 4 Coaching Certificate learning programme click here.

If you are interested in applying for the course starting Autumn 2023, please get in contact with us as soon as you can here.

Quick Facts

How much will it cost?

£4700 split into 2 annual payments invoiced by British Rowing.

How long is the award?

Part time over two years.

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.

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.

A “talking heads” video, giving some insight into course content can be found here. Additionally, a shorter video of a reflective conversation with Tim Morris, who has now completed his Level 4, and will go on to complete his Masters’ dissertation submission, can be found here.

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 can 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 referees who can verify your coaching expertise and experience.
  • Evidence of current coaching practice.
  • Be athlete-centred in your approach to coaching.
  • Hold (or aspire to hold) an ambassadorial role across sport.
  • Have identified a mentor who will support sport based ‘technical development’.

How is the award structured?

The Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Sports Coaching is a two year programme delivered across a minimum of four 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 there will be distance learning opportunities and visits by coaching and technical mentors to your host club.

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.

These assignments 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 your own coaching practice and experience. All assignments are mapped to the Level 4 Advanced Coach outcomes that you are working towards and will be counted as additional evidence.

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.

Further information about the programme structure and testimonials from previous graduates of the programme can be seen in the webinar video below:

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