Becoming a Coach

We are proud to operate a comprehensive programme of education, including formal qualifications that are part of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC). These qualifications sit on the National Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) with other professional and academic awards.  These qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally.

All our UKCC courses, are quality assured and awarded by SQA.

In addition to UKCC, we have a wide range of CPD courses and Add-On Modules that aim to deliver quality education opportunities to broaden knowledge and expertise.

UKCC L1

UKCC Level 1 courses are delivered in a Blended Learning format. Coaches must complete a number of online modules to enhance their learning of the “How to Coach” skills before attending the contact days.  Candidates have access to the online modules as soon as they book on to the course. 

The UKCC Level 1 structure will be delivered over 2 days normally 9am until 5pm (14 hours), covering all practical delivery. There will then be an exam date, around 3 months after the course to allow time for mentoring to take place and for the candidates to complete all the tasks within their logbooks.  Applicants must be 16 years by day 1 of the course.

UKCC L2

UKCC Level 2 courses are delivered in a Blended Learning format.  Coaches must complete a number of online modules to enhance their learning of the “How to Coach” skills and an introduction to sports science topics before attending the contact days.  Candidates have access to the online modules as soon as they book on to the course.

Candidates will attend 4 tutor contact days normally 9am – 5pm.  Day 1 of the course is generic and will reinforce the learning from the e-learning modules.  The tutor on this day will explain the logbook tasks.  The coach will then be expected to complete the tasks within their mentored hours; it is the candidate’s responsibility to complete all tasks within their logbook.  There is a checklist on the BG Academy along with other supporting documents.

As with the UKCC Level 1, there will be an exam date around 3 months after the course.  This course is open to those over the age of 17 years by day 1 of the course.

Level 3 Technical Modules

UKCC Level 3 Technical Modules structure varies depending on the Discipline. Each Module is fully practical and there will then be a sign off date, around 3 months after the course.  This course is open to those over the age of 18 years only.

Level 3 Theory

The Level 3 Coaching Theory course is delivered over 2 days and focuses on developing and implementing a plan for a gymnast of your choice, ensuring learning is relevant to your current coaching practice.  This generic course open to coaches from all disciplines.  To effectively engage in this course, you will need to bring a laptop computer that has wireless capability and Microsoft Excel.  This course is open to those over the age of 18 years old. 

Level 4 and 5

Senior Club and HPC courses delivered in some disciplines.

Non – UKCC

  • Learn to coach
  • Disability Add-on
  • Freestyle Add-on
  • Trampoline Teachers CPD
  • DMT Add-on
  • PE Teachers In Service (secondary)
  • Primary In Service
  • Gymnastics For All Choreography

For more information on UKCC courses including syllabus and Technical module content please visit the British gymnastics website:

http://www.british-gymnastics.org/coaching/coaches/courses