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Course - Certificate III in Sport Coaching

This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply the skills and knowledge to coach participants up to an intermediate level in a specific sport. This qualification provides a pathway to work in community coaching roles working or volunteering at community-based sport clubs and organisations in the Australian sport industry. Individuals with this qualification possess a range of well-developed skills where discretion and judgement are required. They are responsible for their own outputs.

Course content includes: customise coaching for athletes with specific needs; communicate effectively with others in a sport environment; maintain sport, fitness, and recreation equipment for activities; undertake risk analysis of activities; manage conflict; provide first aid; develop and update knowledge of coaching practices; coach beginner or novice participants to develop fundamental motor skills; plan and deliver coaching programs; a range of specific sport related units e.g. swimming, basketball, rugby.

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FAQ

What is Sports coaching?

It is a dual accredited course satisfying both TAFE and NESA requirements. It is a Tertiary TAFE course that is held at school. It runs differently to other courses as it is competency based. This qualification reflects the role of individuals who apply the skills and knowledge to coach participants up to an intermediate level in a specific sport.

How are students assessed?

This is a competency‐based course. This means that students work to develop the competencies, skills and knowledge described in each Unit of Competency. To be assessed as competent a student must demonstrate to a qualified assessor that they can effectively carry out the various tasks. There is no mark awarded in competency‐based assessment, students are assessed as either ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’. Students will be progressively assessed as ‘competent’ or ‘not yet competent’ in individual Units of Competency. When a student achieves a Unit of Competency it is signed off by the assessor. 

What are competency-based assessments?

They are assessments that are based on the student showing the knowledge and skills required for each unit of study. 

Students work through a series of units both practical and theory based about the sports coaching industry. They are marked as competent or not yet competent based on their performance in the unit. They are given multiple attempts at the assessment tasks to achieve a competent result. Competency tasks can include quizzes, demonstrations, research questions, practical work.
When a student completes all units, they will receive a nationally accredited certificate. If they only successfully complete some of the units, they will receive a statement of attainment listing their completed units. This will not affect their HSC units.

What is the HSC Component?

For a student to receive their 2 HSC units they must complete the mandatory work placement hours. This experience will allow the students to develop their skills in the area of working in coaching and will deepen their experience and knowledge in this area.

There is no HSC exam for this course so there will be no marks for their ATAR.

How much theory is there?

Like any HSC course, there is a significant theoretical component to the Sports Coaching course. This course will enable students to develop skills through both practical and theory units. The completion of units in the following areas: customise coaching for athletes with specific needs; communicate effectively with others in a sport environment; maintain sport, fitness, and recreation equipment for activities; undertake risk analysis of activities; manage conflict; provide first aid; develop and update knowledge of coaching practices; coach beginner or novice participants to develop fundamental motor skills; plan and deliver coaching programs; a range of specific sport related units e.g. swimming, basketball, rugby.

What does/can this course lead to?

This course is for students who wish to work in the sports coaching industry in the future. 

Possible job titles depend on the specific sport and may include community coach. 

Are there any special considerations for this course?

There is no ATAR given for this course, but it does towards the HSC. 

If you have further questions, please contact:
VET Coordinator - Ms Michelle Rogers 
mrogers@covenant.nsw.edu.au