Close this search box.

National Certificate in Coaching Science

The objective of this coaching course is to give you the knowledge and skills to work as a sport coach and respond to the unique demands of coaching in the South African sporting context. By the end of the one-year coaching course you will be
equipped to coach beginner and intermediate sport performers – designing practice sessions that reflect an understanding of the interdependence of fitness and skill development and sensitivity to the
social, emotional and physical changes that occur as players develop from childhood through youth to adulthood.

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


Online Learning


120 credits

Orientation Start Date

19 July 2024

Applications Close

30 June 2024


Choose the plan that's right for you

Early Bird (year 1 only)
R 29 500.00
Reg fee R1,500.00 Balance due end of Dec 2023

Pay R1 500.00 Registration Fee

Term payments (year 1 only)
R34 500.00
Payment to be made for all terms 1, 2, 3 and 4 = R 8 250.00

Pay R1 500.00 Registration Fee


Programme Timeline

Additional Information

This NQF level 5 Learning programme is accredited by CATHSSETA. 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).

Sports School Coach
Sports Club Coach

Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required