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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED QUALIFICATION: 

National Certificate: Coaching Science 
SAQA QUAL ID QUALIFICATION TITLE
67695  National Certificate: Coaching Science 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Sport 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY NQF SUB-FRAMEWORK
The individual Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary for each Learning Programme recorded against this qualification is shown in the table at the end of this report.  HEQSF - Higher Education Qualifications Sub-framework 
QUALIFICATION TYPE FIELD SUBFIELD
National Certificate  Field 02 - Culture and Arts  Sport 
ABET BAND MINIMUM CREDITS PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL QUAL CLASS
Undefined  120  Level 5  NQF Level 05  Regular-Unit Stds Based 
REGISTRATION STATUS SAQA DECISION NUMBER REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE
Reregistered  SAQA 06120/18  2018-07-01  2021-06-30 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2022-06-30   2025-06-30  

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 beginning and intermediate sport performers in one chosen sport of specialisation.
2. Provide sport opportunities to beginning and intermediate sport participants 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 sport coach in schools, clubs and private institutions.

Learners who complete this qualification will have acquired the qualities of self-confidence and good communication skills. They will be prepared to assume responsibilities for sport development within their sport specialisation, as well as be positioned to further their learning in other aspects of sport and exercise science.


Rationale of the Qualification:

The design and establishment of a coaching certificate qualification must aim to:

(a) Develop appropriate skills and knowledge required for coaching beginning and intermediate
level performers.
(b) Ensure that coaching practices applied to beginning and intermediate level sport participants
adhere to sound principles drawn from sport science.

The role of sport in South Africa continues to grow in social importance. If sport is to become truly accessible for all South Africans, it is essential that coaches of beginning and intermediate level performers receive the best possible education and training in order to encourage young people to participate in sport. If these coaches can be made aware of the unique physical and psychological characteristics of beginning and intermediate level performers, they can promote the concepts of enjoyment and fair play in addition to presenting fitness and skill learning. This scientifically based integrated approach will increase the levels of participation of South African youth, and thus contribute to a more stable society.

Building a sound basis of sport skills among youth will also have important implications for top-level sport in South Africa. By focusing on the fundamentals of sport and a scientific approach to training, beginners and intermediates will form good habits that will lay the foundation for pursing higher levels of performance. A well-coordinated approach to coaching education for beginner and intermediate level sport performers will promote the development of sport as a positive force in South African society. It is this context that this qualification is proposed. 

LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
It is assumed that the learner has achieved a FET certificate at Level 4 or has matriculated. There are no learning pre-requisites.


RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING

This qualification may be achieved in part, through the recognition of prior learning. Learners who have met the requirements of any unit standard in this qualification may apply for recognition of prior learning to the relevant ETQA, and will be assessed against the assessment criteria and specific outcomes for the relevant Unit Standard/s. 

RECOGNISE PREVIOUS LEARNING? 

QUALIFICATION RULES 
N/A 

EXIT LEVEL OUTCOMES 
On achieving this qualification the learner will be able to:
1. Respond to the unique demands of coaching in the South African sporting context.
2. Design practice sessions that reflect an understanding of the interdependence of fitness and skill development and a sensitivity to the social, emotional and physical changes that occur as players develop from childhood through youth to adulthood.
3. Apply an understanding of sport science in the implementation of developmentally appropriate sport programmes for beginning and intermediate level performers.
4. Communicate effectively with players, colleagues, employers and parents/guardians.
5. Facilitate a programme of prevention, care and management of sport injuries, with special reference to HIV Aids and the impact on player safety of current developments in the equipment and playing surfaces for his/her sport of specialization.
6. Demonstrate administrative efficiency in implementing local sports programmes.
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 
In particular, 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 beginner and intermediate level sport performers in one chosen sport of specialization.
2. Implementing a series of effective practice sessions for beginner and/or intermediate level sport performers with disabilities in the chosen sport of specialization.

The learner must demonstrate an understanding of:
1. A philosophy and a code of ethics of coaching.
2. The principles of growth and development for children and adolescents.
3. The application of principles of sport and exercise physiology to conditioning for sport.
4. The principles of motivation in sport.
5. Mental skills training to improve sport performance.
6. Social aspects of sport.
7. Sport pedagogy
8. Organization and administration of sport
9. Sport Safety and risk management.
10. Principles of inclusion of persons with disabilities in sport.

The learner must demonstrate the ability to:
1. Conduct self in a professional manner.
2. Observe beginner and intermediate performers to identify needs relating to holistic development.
3. Plan instruction to meet identified needs.
4. Utilize principle of effective coaching to deliver and modify practice sessions.
5. Provide coaching support to participants during competitive events/games.
6. Officiate/umpire competitions on the beginning level.
7. Apply knowledge of basic sport science to improve performance.
8. Organize and present a sport event.
9. Reflect on own coaching in order to identify strategies for improvement.
10. Ensure safe participation.
11. Apply basic first aid.


INTERGRATED 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 a 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 to coaching at entry level and advanced level. This qualification will provide articulation with a range of qualifications in fitness and sport management areas of practice. 

MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against any of the unit standards in this qualification must be registered with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of the unit standard in this qualification or will assess the unit standards in this qualification must be accredited as a provider with the relevant ETQA.
  • The criteria for the assessment of the modules associated with actual coaching experience must be approved by the National Federation of the sport of specialization 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.
  • 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 Standard 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. 

  • REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this qualification was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    NOTES 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARDS: 
      ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
    Core  14458  Apply an understanding of social and psychological aspects of sport  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  10210  Apply principles of sport and exercise physiology  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  15 
    Core  13716  Apply the principles of growth and development to coaching  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  9224  Implement policies regarding HIV/AIDS in the workplace  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  10220  Include persons with disabilities in sport, recreation or fitness activities  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14460  Organise and administer sport  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Core  14459  Plan practice sessions and teach sport skills  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Core  10208  Provide for safety and risk management in sport and fitness  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Fundamental  7547  Operate a personal computer system  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
    Fundamental  8591  Analyse and understand social issues  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Fundamental  10206  Apply sport and fitness values and ethics  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    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  15230  Monitor team members and measure effectiveness of performance  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  264734  Conduct coaching for beginners in wrestling  Level 3  NQF Level 03 
    Elective  264738  Coach basketball to beginners  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264721  Coach football to senior amateur and youth players  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264722  Coach full field hockey at club and school level  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264695  Coach goal keeping in hockey  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264715  Coach gymnastics at beginner level  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264754  Coach lifesaving at advanced level  Level 4  NQF Level 04  12 
    Elective  264739  Coach sailing to beginner and intermediate participants in the sport  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  264714  Coach senior athletes for middle and long distance events in athletics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  264719  Coach senior athletes for race walking events in athletics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  264723  Coach senior athletes for sprint events in athletics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  264700  Coach senior athletes for the jumps events  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  264703  Coach senior athletes for throwing events in athletics  Level 4  NQF Level 04  10 
    Elective  264755  Coach the fundamental principles of competitive swimming  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264696  Coach the fundamental principles of the game of netball  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264701  Coach the game of tennis to intermediate and advanced level players  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264717  Coach the principles of triathlon as a competitive sport  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264834  Coach volleyball  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264774  Coach water polo to beginners  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264756  Coach wrestling to intermediate level athletes  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264704  Conduct Judo coaching at club level  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
    Elective  264741  Coach basketball to seniors  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  10 
    Elective  264775  Coach the game of football  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  264718  Coach the game of netball  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  264736  Coach the game of rugby on provincial level  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  264758  Coach volleyball at senior level  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  12 
    Elective  264702  Conduct judo coaching on provincial level  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 
    Elective  117142  Specialise in any specific sports code  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5  20 
    Elective  117143  Understand and coach any disabled sporting code  Level 5  Level TBA: Pre-2009 was L5 


    LEARNING PROGRAMMES RECORDED AGAINST THIS QUALIFICATION: 
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Originator Pre-2009
    NQF Level
    NQF Level Min Credits Learning Prog End Date Quality
    Assurance
    Functionary
    NQF Sub-Framework
    84907  Higher Certificate in Sport Coaching  The Independent Institute of Education  Not Applicable  NQF Level 05  120     CHE  HEQSF 
    67703  National Certificate: Coaching Science  Exercise Teachers Academy - Cape Town  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  120  2014-12-31  CHE  HEQSF 
    48444  National Certificate: Coaching Science  Generic Provider - Field 02  Level 5  Level N/A: Pre-2009 was L5  120     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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries 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 Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    LP ID Learning Programme Title Accredited Provider
    84907  Higher Certificate in Sport Coaching  The Independent Institute of Education  
    67703  National Certificate: Coaching Science  Exercise Teachers Academy - Cape Town  



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