Diploma in Sport Coaching

Academy for continuing education, part time diplomas, Diploma in Sports (Coaching)

About the Course

The Part-Time Diploma in Sport Coaching provides a pathway for the current sport coaches to upgrade their skills and knowledge in sport coaching. It adopts a multi-disciplinary approach to the study of sport coaching that will raise the professional level of the industry in Singapore and prepare participants with the latest and relevant skills to help them advance to the next level of their career or to further their study in the field of sport coaching.  

Upon completion of the programme, graduates will be able to support the needs of the growing sport coaching industry. 

What is so unique about this programme?

This programme prepares participants with the latest and relevant skills to help them advance to the next level of their career or to further their study in the field of sport coaching.  

Target Audience

Corporate Trainer, Fitness Trainer/Instructor, Sport Coach

**Some positions may require additional training and certifications from relevant bodies.

How often do I need to attend the course?

Lessons will be held at RP ACE @ Woodlands.
Course commences in October.

Number of Lesson Duration
3 times a week 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Note: Some lessons will be conducted via online learning.


Participants will be awarded the Modular Certificate (MC) upon successful completion of each certificate programme. The Diploma in Sport Coaching will be issued upon meeting 50% of attendance requirement and passing all coursework and assessment.

Certification (180 hours) Modules
Professional Practice in Coaching
  1. Introduction to Sport Coaching
  2. Sport Law and Risk Management
  3. Managing Developmental Athletes and Teams
Coaching Pedagogy
  1. Exercise Prescription and Assessment
  2. Instructional Strategies for Sport and Games
  3. Instructional Strategies for Sport and Games II
Fundamentals of Sport Science
  1. Sport and Exercise Nutrition
  2. Kinesiology in Sport
  3. Human Motor Control and Development
Applied Sport Science
  1. Injury Prevention and Exercise Rehabilitation
  2. Sport Psychology
  3. Performance Analysis
Portfolio Development in Sport Coaching
  1. Coaching Portfolio : Professional Practice
  2. Coaching Portfolio : Pedagogy
  3. Coaching Portfolio : Sport Science
  • Note: For new intake, BOTH Modular Certificate 1 (Professional Practice in Coaching) and Modular Certificate 5 (Portfolio Development in Sport Coaching) course fees will be billed to the applicants who are offered a placement.

Module Synopses

1. Certificate in Professional Practice in Coaching

Introduction to Sport Coaching 

This module provides an introduction to principles and applications in general sport coaching. It identifies skills, techniques and components in coaching. Students will have opportunities to analyse techniques required to improve the performance of athletes. They will also learn to plan, deliver, evaluate and modify effective coaching sessions, achieve sporting excellence across age-groups, manage children in sport, and understand more about drugs in sport, sportsmanship and fair-play.

Sport Law and Risk Management

This module introduces the relevant legal principles applicable to the sport and wellness, Intellectual Property rights and other relevant laws. Students will be equipped with the skills to analysis different situations and implement strategies to reduce risk to their organisations.

Managing Developmental Athletes and Teams

This module seeks to address issues pertaining to the role in a coach in managing developmental athletes. Students will develop an understanding of the role of a coach in competitive sport organisations such as National Sports Associations in developing and managing their developmental teams such as the junior and youth squads. Topics will include High Performance Management Structure in a National Sports Association, Code of Athlete Management, Athlete Development Pathway, leading teams in international level competition, etc.
2. Certificate in Coaching Pedagogy

Exercise Prescription and Assessment

By the end of the course of study, students would be able to apply the theory and practical knowledge in exercise prescription and assessment; such as body composition, muscular, and cardiovascular fitness assessments in the sporting and fitness scenes. Students should also be able to implement appropriate and effective strength, power, and/or cardiovascular programs to achieve the goals of athletes/clients. Students should also be able to apply knowledge, skills, and attitude as the role of a trainer and/or strength and conditioning coach at the entry-level.

Instructional Strategies for Sport and Games

This module introduces the various types of principles and methods used for instruction in the teaching of sport and games, such as the Teaching Games for Understanding approach, Play Practice and Mosston and Ashworth’s Teaching Styles. It seeks to address issues pertaining to when coaches/teachers need to be flexible and willing to adjust their style according to the needs of the learners, with the aim of increasing physical activity as well as raising understanding of all aspects in games and sport.  By engaging different techniques to cater to the different learning styles, students will learn how to find ways to continually engage and sustain motivation in learners to immerse in a sporting environment. 

Instructional Strategies for Sport and Games II

This module will build on the teaching and learning styles that have been taught in the first module by applying them in them in the context of sport and games based on the cluster – Net/Wall, Invasion/Territory, Striking/Fielding, Target and Individualised sport.  The students will be exposed to the different sport-specific movements and apply the theoretical foundations of cognitive and motor behavioural processes that contribute to the successful learning of sport skills. Upon completion of this module, students will understand the interplay between specific characteristics of sport skills and the differences between individuals in relation to learning and perfecting sport skills.

3. Certificate in Fundamentals of Sport Science

Sport and Exercise Nutrition

This module provides students an overview of the principles and practices involved in the evolving field of sport and exercise nutrition. It covers macronutrient consumption, nutritional assessments, hydration, supplementation, doping, nutritional strategies for various sport, eating disorders, special dietary needs, travelling nutrition, and adventure nutrition. Students will learn and engage in meal planning during and post-training / competition diets that are suitable for fuelling sport performance. Students will also be introduced to fundamental anthropometry and basic body composition analyses that are necessary for the proper weight management of athletes.

Kinesiology in Sport

This module allows students to understand how the human body serves as a machine for work performance. Students will learn the fundamental concepts and principles of human motion, particularly in the area of fundamental movement skills.  Students will be prepared to teach human motion effectively, efficiently and safely.

Human Motor Control and Development

This module introduces students to human physical and motor development, and the learning and assessment of movement skills. Students apply this knowledge to different population groups. The topics are organised into three stages. The first stage focuses on how the human body develops across the lifespan, followed by the development and assessment of motor skills in a variety of contexts. Finally, the module introduces the students to the principles of motor control and skill acquisition.

4. Certificate in Applied Sport Science

Injury Prevention and Exercise Rehabilitation 

The purpose of this module is to provide the student with a basic understanding of the nature of injuries in sport and in the workplace, including: causal factors, assessment, treatment, management and rehabilitation. This module will enable the student to develop injury prevention measures. The module aims to provide students with the knowledge and skills to recognise potential causes of injury and ability to devise and implement strategies to reduce risk of injury. Students will also be taught how to facilitate the recovery of function, return to physical activity or high performance using evidence-based therapeutic and exercise interventions.

Sport Psychology

This module aims to examine the relationships between psychological states and physical performance in sport settings. Topics covered under this module include attributions, intrinsic and extrinsic motivation, self-efficacy and self-confidence. Students will be acquainted with interventions for performance enhancement including techniques dealing with attentional and concentration problems, stress/arousal/anxiety, visualisation and imagery, goal setting and self-talk. Students will be introduced to concepts such as aggression, burnout, and injuries. Finally, students will examine the use of psychological concepts in health promotion to encourage participation in physical activity.

Performance Analysis 

This module emphasises on qualitative skills analysis to improve technique and performance of a skill. It also covers tactical evaluation, technical evaluation, analysis of movement, and performance modelling.   The scope of the module includes notational, quantitative and qualitative analysis in sport. Upon completion of this module, students will be able to use the techniques of performance analysis in coaching.
5. Certificate in Portfolio Development in Sport Coaching

Coaching Portfolio : Professional Practice 

This module seeks to develop the students to be reflective coaches. It seeks to set the foundation whereby students will reflect on their motivations to pursue the sport coaching profession and thereby develop their own coaching philosophy to serve as a beacon in their professional practice. They will base their reflections on appropriate learning theories or conceptual frameworks in the profession of sport coaching. Accordingly, they will also reflect on their journey through sport, how sport has made an impact to their lives and how they will, in turn, seek to impact the lives of others through sport. Beyond that, students will also be challenged to consider sport safety, safe sport issues, as well as how they may work in collaboration other stakeholders in the sport ecosystem to contribute to the growth of the sport industry.

Coaching Portfolio : Pedagogy 

Sport Coaching is about teaching athletes not only to acquire competencies in sport skills, but also to develop character and values in their athletes through sport. Students will apply what they have learned from the Modular Certificate in Coaching Pedagogy to design and deliver coaching sessions. Students will be challenged to adapt and apply the concepts appropriately to cater to clients of different needs or profiles, which may include children, adults, seniors, competitive athletes, recreational athletes, or para athletes. In addition, they will learn to apply the fundamentals of sport science in their planning and delivery of sessions.

Coaching Portfolio : Sport Science 

Good sport coaches leverage on sport science and technology to better inform their planning and practice. Students will leverage on what they have learnt from the Modular Certificates relating to sport science and apply them to design programmes to support athlete development. These can be in the areas of injury prevention, exercise rehabilitation, sport psychology, and/or performance analysis. Relating to this, the students will also be challenged to design diagnostic or analytical assessments with a battery of tests that are relevant to the athletes they are trying to help.
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Applicants should possess one of the following combinations of qualification and work experience:
Qualification Requirement(s)

‘O’ Levels

• At least 3 'O' level relevant passes

• At least 1 year relevant work experience

Higher Nitec

• GPA ≥ 2.0 

• GPA ≥ 1.5 AND at least 1 year relevant work experience


• GPA ≥ 3.5

• GPA ≥ 3.0 AND at least 1 year relevant work experience

Higher Nitec in Technology/Services

• GPA ≥ 2.0
• At least 1 year relevant work experience

Nitec in Technology/Services

• GPA ≥ 3.5
• at least 1 year relevant work experience


• Relevant WSQ Advanced Certificate (or higher)
• At least 1 year relevant work experience
• Level 6 WSQ Workplace Literacy SOA and Workplace Numeracy SOA

Do not possess any of the above

• Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on evidence of at least 2 years of relevant working experience

Applicants who do not meet the entry requirements may be considered for admission to the course based on supporting evidence of competency readiness. Suitable applicants who are shortlisted will have to go through an interview and/or entrance test. The Polytechnic reserves the right to shortlist and admit applicants.

Please include the following documents as part of your application:

Please click on the "Register" button to view the updated course schedule and fees on the Skills Training & Enhancement Portal (STEP).

Last updated on 29 Feb 2024

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