Certificate in Coaching Science


Program Description

This highly practical one-year course will equip you to work as a sports coach and respond to the unique demands of top level sport. You will learn how to 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. You will be groomed to target employment prospects in schools, clubs, government and private institutions nationally and internationally or run your own private coaching practice.

Link to Website: https://www.etacollege.com/sports-coaching-studies/national-certificate-coaching-science/



This NQF Level 5 learning programmes is accredited by CATHSSETA.

Aim of the course

Course Outcomes:
  • Respond to the unique demands of coaching in a South African Sporting context.
  • Apply an understanding of sport science in the implementation of developmentally appropriate sport programmes from childhood to adulthood.
  • Communicate effectively with players, colleagues, employers and parents/guardians.
  • Facilitate a programme of prevention, care and management of sport injuries, health and safety.
  • Demonstrate administrative efficiency in implementing local sports programmes.
  • 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.

Course objective

The course objective 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 this one-year 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.

We recommend that you add additional qualifications like the National Diploma: Coaching Science so that you can enhance your employment prospects in schools, clubs, private and government institutions nationally and internationally or run your own private practice. If you add additional specialisations to your course, you can offer your clients’ more options and enhance your employment prospects.

Course content

Module 1: Kinesiology (SESC 130)
Module 2: Exercise Science (SESC 131)
Module 3: Screening, Assess,ent & Testing for Sport (SESC 103)
Module 4: Coaching Science (SESC 104)
Module 5: Coaching Sport to Individuals & Groups (CTIS 102)
Module 6: Coaching a Specific Sport (CTIS 119)
Module 7: Special Needs in Sports Coaching (HESN 106)
Module 8: Managment & Administration in Coaching (BMSR 104)

Admission requirements

You will need to have a grade 12 school leaving certificate or an equivalent NQF Level 4 qualification.


Career opportunities

  • Sports School Coach
  • Sports Club Coach


Hallo Chris,

Hope you are well. Thank you so much for your assistance and the excellent service in my application to eta college’s online course!

I have received my confirmation of registration and am super excited to be enrolled for the course! Must admit – that if I didn’t have your assistance, I would probably not have made the registration in time and missed my opportunity to complete my certification.

So please know that I am extremely grateful for this service which you have provided me with – and will recommend eta to everyone I know! Well done on making my registration as painless and smooth as possible.

Looking forward to hearing from your team soon!



To whom it may concern,

Dealing with eta college, and in particular Christopher Morris and the distance learning department, has been an absolute pleasure. The service was excellent, and Chris so kindly helped me with all my questions and queries. I look forward to joining the eta team and have high hopes for the future after my pleasant experience with you guys thus far.

Kind regards,


Hello Shani, (Shannette)

Hope you well and warm.

I just also want to add a very big thank you for all the effort and personal interest you’ve invested in us.

I am grateful to see that the world still has someone like you and sometimes I lose faith in the human race, but you give me new hope that there are amazing people out there.

You are a beautiful person inside and out, don’t ever change that for anyone. Your presence in any crowd is an instant glow don’t ever lose your magic you have a beautiful gift.

Back to work

love peace and lipgloss


Whoop whoop - Thanks Shereen

Also thanks for your kind words - gives me much encouragement.

I will be submitting my Umpiring Log Book and Certificate soon. Netball South Africa will be holding a Coaching Level 1 course towards end September, which I will be doing just before I go away.

Thank you again for everything you do for me and for all other students, you are a true asset to eta Distance Learning Department.

Have a great day


Dear Shereen,

Thank you so much for your help and support during my first year. I really value your guidance.

What’s the plan for next year and where do we go from now?

I would like to pay for my 2nd year. When does the 2nd year start?

Kind Regards,


Good day,

My name is Lonwabo, I am 20 years of age. Earlier This year I completed a National Certificate in Sports Management through eta Distance Learning.

For the first three months of 2017, I was at the eta Cape Town campus but decided to switch my studies to an online platform of which worked exceptionally well for me.

Distance Learning taught me how to manage my time, think outside the box and the professionalism required in the industry.

I truly believe online studies is the way forward. A friend of mine saw how I enjoyed it and he became interested in going the same direction when he matriculates. Getting fellow youngsters, or even perhaps older members of society to study through eta would be a dream come true.

My heart beats for eta,

I hope this finds you well


Good day Janice,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and eta as I have learned a great deal through eta College’s Distance learning program. I still use the notes and templates from previous assignments and CASS assessments to assist me with running an amateur club now. I would definitely do it all again but only difference I would manage my time better. I honestly struggled in the second year especially after the college switched a paperless system, but then got into it.

Thank you for setting me on course for achieving my life goals and dreams.

Kindest regards,


My time as an eta Distance Learning student has been as follows:

My two years have been good. eta Distance Learning department has been an excellent experience, the tutor has been excellent in helping me out with where I did not understand what to do, would always take her time to try explain in the best way possible which was a great help in me doing well, the management of eta DL has been great as well, as well as very helpful and patient and yet also understanding which is a good thing. The responsiveness whether it be queries or just general work-based advice has been great, they respond as soon as they can. The eta Connect student study portal has been very efficient and easy to use and is always a great thing because there's not one time I got confused on what was required of me to been done.

The standard that eta Distance Learning upholds is great and will be a great help for any student enrolled to the college.



Dear Chris,

I wanted to share my online experience with you.

eta Distance Learning is well ahead technology-wise WRT to the programs they are using, which really helps a lot.

Unfortunately, I was wrongly registered for the coaching instead of the certificate of fitness, but that was quickly rectified by Shireen I think, and luckily, I did not miss anything or jeopardized anything relating to my studies.

I am very fond of the dashboard as it is user-friendly, reminds you of assignments, tests, announcements etc.

The tutor Aubrey Stout was very helpful. He would respond swiftly to my numerous questions and assist via online chats.

So far I had a great experience which will come to an end in November.

Thank you, eta Distance Learning, for giving me quality education!

Regards, Bernadette.

Interested or wanting to apply? Please contact me on whatsapp Chris Morris - +27(0)81 363 2708.

Please visit: Distance Learning Intakes 2020

Our next intake commences on the 13th July 2020 – WARNING: NO LATE REGISTRATIONS! – Registrations will close on the 30th June 2020.

Should you require any additional information regarding eta Distance Learning or If you need assistance applying please do not hesitate to contact me so I can get you on board.

Chris Morris – 081 363 2708/ +2781 363 2708 (whatsapp)

Kind regards,

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eta College is a private higher education and training college specialising in qualifications that lead to employment in the sport and fitness industries.

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