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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Diploma: Coaching Science 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
67692  National Diploma: Coaching Science 
ORIGINATOR ORIGINATING PROVIDER
SGB Sport   
QUALITY ASSURING BODY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Quality Assuring Body for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  The individual NQF Sub-framework for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of the qualification report. 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Diploma  Field 02 - Culture and Arts  Sport 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  236  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 0695/12  2012-07-01  2015-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2016-06-30   2020-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This qualification does not replace any other qualification and is not replaced by any other qualification. 

PURPOSE AND RATIONALE OF THE QUALIFICATION 
A qualifying learner who has achieved this qualification will be able to:

1. Coach intermediate and advanced sport performers in one chosen sport of specialisation.
2. Provide sport opportunities to intermediate and advanced performers in a manner that will contribute to community development as well as raise the standard of sport in South Africa.
3. Assume job responsibilities as a head sport coach in schools, clubs and private institutions, provincial and national academies and sport codes, as well as pursue a career as a self-employed private coach.
Learners who complete this qualification will have acquired the qualities of self-confidence, leadership and good communication skills. They will be prepared to assume responsibilities for sport development and top level sport within their sport specialisation, as well be positioned to further their learning in other aspects of sport and exercise science.

Rationale:

The design and establishment of a coaching diploma qualification must aim to:
(a) Develop appropriate skills and knowledge required for coaching intermediate and advanced level performers.
(b) Ensure that coaching practices applied to intermediate and advanced level sport participants adhere to sound principles drawn from sport science.
The role of sport in South Africa continues to grow in economic and political importance. This development is based on the achievement of high degrees and skill in performance the capacity of South Africans to compete successfully in the international sporting arena. In order to continue this trend, sport coaches must facilitate the pursuit of excellence in sport, which is based on the systematic application of the principles of sport science to the design and implementation of training and competition schedules.
Only those coaches who have learned how to apply the most recent discoveries in sport science will be able to take intermediate level performers and help them raise their performance standard to the top/advanced levels. Substantial advances in the areas of nutrition and ergogenic aids, for example, have changed the knowledge base of coaching advanced level performers. Additional options in the use of technology to enhance performance have also raised the sophistication of the scientific knowledge base needed by coaches at this level. New approaches in sport psychology and mental skills training have also had an impact on how coaches at this level should conduct practice sessions and deal with sport performers.
A unified approach to the delivery of advanced coaching education according to the most recent advances in sport science will promote the development of South Africa as an international force in sport. It is this context that this qualification is proposed. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
Level 5 Certificate in Coaching Science (Note: the Level 5 Certificate in Coaching Science is not embedded in this Level 5 Coaching Diploma. This means that the National Diploma is 241 credits beyond the National Certificate, and it must focus on the same sport specialisation).

Recognition of prior learning:

Any learner who believes he/she has all of the competencies identified above should apply for recognition to an accredited service provider of the Diploma in Coaching Science. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
Fundamental:
A minimum of 36 credits have to be achieved in the fundamental category.

Core:
A minimum of 150 credits have to be achieved in the core category.

Elective:
A minimum of 50 credits have to be achieved in the elective category. 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
On achieving this qualification the learner will be able to:
1. Respond to the unique demand of the South African sporting context regarding top level sport.
2. Reflect an understanding of the interdependence of assessment, fitness, skill & tactics, nutrition and sport psychology in the design of a periodised training year.
3. Demonstrate a current knowledge of the rules of his/her sport of specialisation, including knowledge about the use and abuse of drugs and other ergogenic aids related to sports performance.
4. Communicate effectively with players, colleagues, employers, parents/guardians, the sporting public and the media.
5. Understand the scope of legal and ethical responsibilities that comes with a coaching position, i.e. prevention, care and management of sport injuries, player health and safety, travel/transport, and contractual obligations.
6. Provide and modify intermediate and advanced level sport experiences according to the social, emotional and physical changes that occur as players develop from childhood through youth to adulthood.
7. Demonstrate a commitment to the principles of inclusion in all coaching practices, with special reference to girls/women, persons with disabilities, and other individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. 

ASSOCIATED ASSESSMENT CRITERIA 
Assessors should look for the following competencies within a single sport code (to be selected by the learner):

The learner must demonstrate an ability to consider a range of options and make decisions about:
1. Implementing a series of effective practice sessions for intermediate and/or advanced level sport performers in one chosen sport of specialisation.
2. Implementing a series of effective practice sessions for intermediate and/or advanced level sport performers with disabilities in the chosen sport of specialisation.

The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
1. The role of sport participation in life skill development, including "life after sport."
2. The impact of a philosophy of sport and code of ethics on coaching, with specific reference to the professionalisation of sport.
3. The scope of legal and ethical responsibilities that comes with coaching specifically at the top level, e.g. liability, working with minors, etc.
4. Relationships among coaches, selectors, sport administrators, players, the media, and the public.
5. The political significance of the sport and sport politics.
6. The sport structures and agencies that support national, regional and international competition.
7. The organisation and administration of training camps.
8. Contracts and contractual obligations of coaches, players, management, etc.
9. Issues surrounding the funding of sport.
10. How to prepare a team for a tournament/competition.
11. How to design and implement long-term training programmes. e.g. 2 years (full periodisation of training).
12. How to apply the principles of sport psychology to support intermediate and advanced players` development and level of achievement (Sport Psychology).
13. How vision, perception and decision-making support top level sport performance
14. The advanced biomechanics of the sport.
15. Sport nutrition and the use of ergogenic aids in the sport.
16. Alternative models of talent development appropriate to the sport.
17. Selection of coaching methods/styles for intermediate and advanced participants.
18. How to use basic statistical packages and data bases to manage coaching information.

The learner must demonstrate the ability to:
1. Coach and develop advanced technical and tactical skills in the sport.
2. Develop player profiles for individual and team members.
3. Apply rules in games situations to support to maximise opportunities for participants to succeed.
4. Identify technical and tactical faults and offer means of correction.
5. Communicate effectively with all stakeholders.
6. Use current technology (commercially available) to support coaching.
7. Keep statistical records with regard to competitions and training schedules.
8. Use positive forms of motivation and corrective feedback to promote continuous improvement.
9. Maintain a safe environment for intense competition.
10. Modify practice activities to continuously challenge the fitness and/or skill development of the participants.
11. Apply first aid and injury management.
12. Read current sport science research and apply the results to coaching practices.

Integrated assessment:

Integrated assessment at the level of this qualification provides an opportunity for learners to show that they are able to integrate concepts, ideas and actions in order to achieve competence in coaching that is grounded in scientific knowledge.
Integrated assessment must judge the quality of the thinking that lies behind it.
Assessment tools must encourage learners to give an account of the thinking and decision-making that underpins their demonstrated performance. Some assessment practices will be of a more practical nature while others will be of a more theoretical nature.
A broad range of task-oriented and theoretical assessment tools may be used, with the distinction between practical knowledge and disciplinary knowledge maintained so that each takes its rightful place. 

INTERNATIONAL COMPARABILITY 
This qualification has been benchmarked against coaching qualifications in Australia, Canada, Great Britain, New Zealand and the United States of America, and shows substantial degree of similarity. The concept of single qualification that includes fundamental knowledge of sport science and the common principles of effective coaching is common to these qualifications. The addition of applied coaching experience within a specific sport is part of the qualification in Australia.
The mandatory addition of an understanding of inclusion and practical experience in coaching persons with disabilities is unique to South Africa and may be regarded as a reflection of the commitment to equity in the South African Constitution. 

ARTICULATION OPTIONS 
This qualification has been developed for professional coaches across the sporting industry and it is intended to professionalise coaching and uplift the standards of coaching in South Africa.
Sport Federations can use this qualification for developing coaches and enhancing their scientific knowledge base to coaching at advance levels of coaching. This qualification is will provide articulation with a range of qualifications in fitness, sport science and sport management areas of practice. 

MODERATION OPTIONS 
1. Anyone assessing a learner against any of the unit standards in this qualification must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
2. Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of the unit standards in this qualification or will assess the unit standards in this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
3. The criteria for the assessment of the modules associated with actual coaching experiences must be approved by the National Federation of the sport of specialisation involved and the criteria for successful coaching of persons with disabilities must be approved by Disability Sport South Africa. It is the responsibility of the provider of the qualification to obtain this approval in writing prior to offering these modules.
4. Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines in the relevant qualification and the agreed ETQA procedures.
Therefore, anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

CRITERIA FOR THE REGISTRATION OF ASSESSORS 
For an applicant to register as an assessor, the applicant needs:
  • A minimum of two years practical, relevant occupational experience.
  • Declared competent in all the outcomes of the National Assessor Unit Standards as stipulated by SAQA.
  • Detailed documentary proof of educational qualification, practical training undergone, and experience gained by the applicant must be provided (Portfolio of evidence).
  • Meet any other stipulated requirements by the relevant ETQA. 

  • NOTES 
    As per the SAQA decision, after consultation with the Quality Councils, to re-register all qualifications and part qualifications on the National Qualifications Framework that meet the criteria for re-registration, this qualification has been re-registered from 1 July 2012.
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14477  Address issues related to injuries and health in sport  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  14483  Apply entrepreneurship to the administration of a sport or fitness business  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14466  Apply the principles and methods of sport fitness conditioning  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  10215  Conduct a screening procedure  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14479  Describe the organisation of sport in South Africa  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14472  Identify and develop talent in sport  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  14481  Operate as a professional coach  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14475  Periodise training and the training year  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Core  14457  Apply knowledge of anatomy and biomechanics to the analysis of performance  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Core  14464  Develop the social and psychological aspects of sport performance  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  15 
    Core  14470  Evaluate sport performance  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Core  14468  Promote sound policies about sport nutrition  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Core  14465  Provide advanced motor skill and tactical learning  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  15 
    Core  14463  Reflect an understanding of the physiological capacity for sport and exercise performance  Level 6  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L6  10 
    Fundamental  8618  Organise oneself in the workplace  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8662  Analyse and communicate workplace data  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  9242  Analyse external factors influencing people who have special needs  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8647  Apply workplace communication skills  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Fundamental  8648  Demonstrate an understanding of professional values and ethics  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8664  Examine social features as pertaining to the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  8663  Plan and conduct a research project  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  110294  Coach sport to intermediate and/or advanced level performers: sport specialisation  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  45 
    Elective  14480  Coaching sport to intermediate and/or advanced level performers with disabilities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Provider Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assuring
    Body
    NQF Sub-Framework
    67704  National Diploma: Coaching Science  EXERCISE TEACHERS ACADEMY  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  236     CHE  HEQSF 
    21891  National Diploma: Coaching Science  Generic Provider - Field 02  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  236     CATHSSETA  OQSF 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THESE LEARNING PROGRAMMES: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Quality Assuring Bodies have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Quality Assuring Body should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    21891  National Diploma: Coaching Science  EXERCISE TEACHERS ACADEMY  
    67704  National Diploma: Coaching Science  EXERCISE TEACHERS ACADEMY  



    All qualifications and part qualifications registered on the National Qualifications Framework are public property. Thus the only payment that can be made for them is for service and reproduction. It is illegal to sell this material for profit. If the material is reproduced or quoted, the South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) should be acknowledged as the source.