The course aims to develop/validate coaching expertise and to develop coaches who would then be in a position to influence the development of the sport going forward.
The learning programme and assessment are based over a two-year cycle (May 2016 – May 2018). The course is made up of a series of distance learning modules, residential 2-day blocks, with integrated delivery and mentoring support from academic and Paddlesport Tutors. Residential events will be held at venues around the UK. A variety of assessment methods will be used to establish both the coaches knowledge and the ability to apply this in their coaching practice. Candidates who successfully complete all these aspects will achieve a Postgraduate Diploma and a British Canoeing Level 4 Award. An early exit option to Postgraduate Certificate, and the option to continue to an M.Sc. are also integrated. The UKCC endorsed qualification is being delivered in partnership with Stirling University; the University of Stirling have established expertise in both Coaching Science and in supporting students from all over the world via distance learning.
Please contact Fiona Fuller at British Canoeing for an Application Pack or more information (firstname.lastname@example.org). The closing date for applications is 30th November 2015.
Each application will be selected on its individual merit; although candidates are expected to evidence expertise at the forefront of their specialism. Applicants should have a relevant coaching qualification and significant experience coaching in their specialist setting. We expect the course to appeal to a wide range of coaching specialists across the range of disciplines. There are no formal academic entry requirements; support will be available for all coaches to develop the academic skills required.
It is estimated that candidate costs will be in the region of £7,500 for the programme, made through several payments during the course of the programme. This includes costs to Stirling, the residential blocks, tutor costs, individual mentoring, and a contribution towards administration. The exact price will be confirmed prior to applications being opened. Many candidates on the current programmes have managed to access funding from a variety of sources to help with the costs.
Successful applicants will be required to accept their place and make the first payment by April 2016. For those who wish to seek bursaries, grants or loans these two links provide a good starting point:
Please note that the programme is subject to a continuous process of review. British Canoeing reserves its right to change the contents of the programme or parts of the programme, to discontinue the programme, and to cancel the programme in the event of low enrolment.
British Canoeing are inviting coaches who may be interested in completing the Level 4 Coach Programme starting in May 2016, to get in touch!
Further details on the programme can be found in the documents below;