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Making your coaching certificate count

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This module develops your practice as an instructor by linking your instructional experience to knowledge of training standards, professionalism, ethics, models of learning and sector employment issues. The assessment for this module allows your Level 2 Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) accredited exercise instruction certificate to count towards your OU study. If you have not obtained an appropriate certificate in the last eight years, you will need to either show appropriate CPD within the last eight years or identify and complete one in parallel with your OU studies for compulsory submission at the end of the module.

What you will study

This module is based on connecting your overall experience of developing as a coach with academic perspectives. It views your certificate training module as only a part of your learning experience with many other social, media (e.g. the internet) and regulatory influences.

You will investigate the following themes:

  • explanations of how learning experiences operate
  • instructor training standards and professionalism
  • social influences in practice-based learning and assessment
  • work-based recruitment and career development.

Therefore this module is about your own development and encourages you to critically examine your learning, qualification and training process as a coach, including critical awareness of how you react to practical assessments and new situations. You will work through analytical tasks and readings that draw out and extend your understanding of your learning process. You will need to submit evidence of your certificate at a minimum of Level 2 as part of the end-of-module assessment.

All the above study themes will be supported by an online study guide, and a module Reader. The module also makes full use of a website where you will be able to access electronic materials and keep in touch with fellow students.

If you are interested in exercise instruction rather than sports coaching and/or intend to submit an exercise instruction certificate (see Entry section) then you should study the exercise instruction version of this module – Making your exercise instruction certificate count (EXF224) – instead.

Professional recognition

This module is recognised by the Register of Exercise Professionals (REPs) and endorsed by PD:Approval, for continuing professional development (CPD) purposes. This means that if you’re a member of REPs, on completing the module, you can claim 16 CPD points.

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Entry requirements

This is an OU level 2 module and you need to have a good knowledge of the subject area, preferably obtained through OU level 1 study.

To prepare for this module you should have studied Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112) (now discontinued), or the new module Introduction to sport and fitness (E117) , and Sport and conditioning science into practice (E217) (now discontinued). We also recommend that you studied Working and learning in sport and fitness (E113) (now discontinued).

There are no requirements concerning your level of fitness to take the module.

However, you should note the following important entry requirement.

Level 2 Coaching certificate

To study and complete the assessment for this module you will need to have gained a Level 2 coaching certificate within the past eight years. If you do not hold a suitable certificate prior to starting this module, you will need to identify and complete one in parallel with your OU studies at your own expense.

The certificate – from successful completion of this Level 2 qualification – demonstrates your competence as a coach and will need to be electronically scanned and submitted together with the end-of-module assessment (EMA). The original certificate may be requested by the OU for verification purposes.

Please note that you will need to budget and pay for this certificate yourself and will need to undertake any associated course (e.g. First Aid, Child Protection etc.) as well as any DBS or police check at your own expense. Failure to successfully complete your certificate will delay you achieving any credit for this module.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

What's included

An online study guide, module Reader and website.

Computing requirements

A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

A desktop or laptop computer with either:

  • Windows 7 or higher
  • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

To join in the spoken conversation in our online rooms we recommend a headset (headphones or earphones with an integrated microphone).

Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and comment on your preparation for assessment, and whom you can ask for advice and guidance. Contact with your tutor will be through an online forum within your tutor group and by email or telephone.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.


The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You must use the online eTMA system to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs).

The certificate from successful completion of an appropriate Level 2 coaching qualification (see Entry) will need to be electronically scanned and submitted together with the end-of-module assessment (EMA) for this module.

If you have a disability

The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying EXC224 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

Future availability

Making your coaching certificate count (EXC224) starts once a year – in February. This page describes the module that starts in February 2020. It will start for the last time in February 2020.

The four modules E217, E233, EXC224 and EXF224 will be replaced with two new 60-credit modules: Sport and exercise psychology in action (E235) and Applying sport and exercise sciences to coaching (E236). E235 will start for the first time in October 2019 and E236 will start for the first time in October 2020.

Course work includes:

2 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school