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Higher Certificate in Coaching Science

This higher certificate coaching science programme is perfect for those wanting to access sports coaching and be able to climb the ladder of the sports coaching profession. 

Sports coaching can be applied in several domains including children, adolescents and adults, emerging and talented athletes or high-performance elite performers in sport.

This programme has been designed to target coaching sports to children and graduates would be able to work with experienced sports coaches, according to the requirements of their sports code and school or sports club.

This one-year learning journey will enable you to apply principles of exercise science, including screening, assessment, and fitness testing, and design relevant training programmes for sport.

You will be exposed to various methods and techniques to improve sports conditioning, sharpen form, and enhance sports skills. As a coach, you will motivate and encourage individuals and teams, and learn how to have a positive influence on people’s life-long engagement in physical activity and sport.

You will understand the various stages of a child’s development and will learn how to identify talent and apply your knowledge, leadership skills, and emotional intelligence to support and motivate young athletes to become the best they can be.

Finally, this programme will help you to become an inspiring role model for many, because of your ability to lead a range of coaching activities, on the field or adapting to different contexts, including online sport coaching. We will also equip you with the skills to start your own successful business. So, act now and join this learning journey, it is your first step to lifelong learning!


1 Year


Campus Programme


120 credits

Orientation Start Date

10 Feb 2025

Term Begins

17 Feb 2025


Choose the plan that's right for you

Early bird (year 1 only) R48 500.00 Reg fee R1 500.00
Balance due end of Dec 2024

Pay R1 500.00 Registration Fee

Term payments (year 1 only)R54 500.00Reg fee R 1 500.00Payment 1: R12 125.00 Payment 2, 3, 4: R13 625.00

Pay R1 500.00 Registration Fee


Programme Timeline

Additional Information

This NQF level 5 Learning programme is accredited by the Council on Higher Education (CHE). The qualification it achieves is registered on the Higher Education Qualifications Sub Framework

The Higher Certificate in Coaching Science qualifies you to work as a sport coach in a junior sport coaching context. It will allow coaches who work in a junior school environment a stepping stone towards a life-long career in coaching

During this learning programme, you will be exposed to the theories of exercise science, the applied knowledge of sport coaching programmes with their range of sport-specific methods and techniques, and the skills of leading participants through a range of sport sessions. To gain confidence while you are learning, you will complete a range of practical hours through work-based learning. Once you have graduated you can work as a junior coach, working in schools or sport clubs; alternatively, you can run your own practice, taking on a range of private clients who wish to improve their sport skills

Social coaching skills:
Coaching skills: You will learn how to develop your own coaching philosophy and be introduced to topics relevant to the value system of a coach.
Special needs and mental skills: This addresses diversity and equity, and includes relevant social issues, equity legislation, government policy and inclusion of special needs in sport. Health and safety: This module identifies the moral, legal and financial reasons why health and safety are important factors in the workplace.
Sport team management: Learn how to plan and manage a team during the course of a season, addressing effective communication and logistics.

Exercise science:
Exercise science: Anatomy, physiology and human development are the cornerstones of sports coaching. Understanding how the human body develops and functions is critical in developing a coaching plan for a young sportsperson.
Applied kinesiology and training methods: This addresses the basic structures and functions that are integrated to perform movement. The module lays a base of knowledge imperative to being able to train, educate or alter movement patterns through exercise training and prescription.
Screening, Assessment, testing: The module outlines the requirements for sport specific screening and assessments with data analysis based on scientific principles.

Coaching science:
Applied coaching science: This module provides the foundational knowledge needed to develop a coaching plan. It introduces key topics required to plan individual sessions through to a yearly calendar. You will identify the key steps and time periods required to alter the skill of an activity.
Coach a sport: You can choose from one of five sports offered (rugby, cricket, hockey, football and netball). The module then deals with the rules and regulations governing the sport. It allows you to learn the skill of coaching a particular sport, through an understanding of the skills required and the drills/activities that best teach these skills.

A National Senior Certificate (NSC) with Higher Certificate admission and compliance with the language requirements for eta. The NSC pass required is an elementary achievement (rating code 2/F) with an overall score of 30-39% and a minimum pass of 30% in English.
A National Certificate Vocational (NCV) and compliance with the language requirements for eta. An alternative matriculation exam e.g. Independent Examination Board (IEB) which is the body representing private schools and compliance with the language requirements for eta.
A Further Education and Training Certificate (NQF 4) in a cognate field e.g. fitness, coaching or sport administration. Under certain conditions, level 4 Occupational Certificates in a cognate field may be considered for admission plus relevant work experience (see RPL policy).

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