Formal Coach Education

We are proud to operate a comprehensive coach education programme with our formal qualifications recognised nationally and internationally.

Our level 1 and level 2 courses, are quality assured and awarded by SQA with our other formal qualifications awarded by British Gymnastics.

For more information on our formal courses including syllabus and technical module content, please visit the British Gymnastics website.


Level 1

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 around four weeks prior to the course start date. 

The Level 1 structure will be delivered over two days normally 9am until 5pm (14 hours), covering all practical delivery. There will then be an assessment date, around three months after the course to allow time for mentoring to take place and for the candidates to complete all the tasks within their logbooks.  

Level 1

Details

Face-to-face structure

Session 1 and 2 - eight hours each day on course practical delivery.
In your gym - complete logbook activities with support from your mentor. 
Session 3 - practical assessment and professional discussion. Find out about your assessment here

Pre-requisites

Learners must be 16 years by day one of the course. 
Sourced a mentor. 

Mentor

Before you enrol onto the course you will need to find a mentor. Your mentor is required to hold a minimum of a Level 2 coaching qualification, or equivalent, within the same discipline.

Your will need a mentor to help you throughout the post-course activities (including your logbook) and to support your development of gymnastics knowledge and the delivery methods such as the ‘How to Coach’ skills.

Gymmast demonstrators

You will need to bring two or three demonstrators (three or four for acro) with you to all sessions of the course. 

Resources included

Logbook
Discipline specific resource pack
Online modules

Registration period

One year from course start date.

Coaching within a Scottish Gymnastics registered club

You must have SG & BG Silver memberships. Join or renew/upgrade your Scottish Gymnastics membership through gymnet. 

You must have a PVG record linked to Scottish Gymnastics and have a current Scottish Gymnastics wellbeing & protection award prior to commencing mentoring within your club. If you need any assistance, please contact your club’s safeguarding officer or safeguarding@scottishgymnastics.org.

 

Not able to access your elearning in your academy? 
It is most likely that you have a GymNET profile which is attached to a ‘parent account’. Please send a different email address to coacheducation@scottishgymnastics.org. The team will add this address to your profile and unlink the two accounts so you can access the elearning. Once this is done, you will be sent an email to your new address and may need to reset your password. When you log in, click on Academy and it will take you to your course.


Level 2

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 around four weeks prior to the course start date.

Candidates will attend four tutor contact days normally 9am – 5pm.  Day one 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 logbook with their mentor; it is the candidate’s responsibility to complete all tasks within their logbook.  There is a checklist on the British Gymnastics Academy along with other supporting documents. 

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

Level 2

Details

Face-to-face structure

Session 1 – 8 hours on course theory

Session 2, 3 & 4 – 8 hours each day on course practical delivery.

In your gym – complete your logbook activities with support from your mentor.

Session 5 – practical assessment and professional discussion. Find out about your assessment here

Pre-requisites

Learners must be 17 years by day 1 of the course. While candidates can pass their assessment prior to turning 18 years old they cannot be responsible for a session. The coach responsible for leading a session must be 18 years old.  

Sourced a mentor.

Transferring between disciplines – see the British Gymnastics transfer matrix.

Mentor

Your will need a mentor to help you throughout the post-course activities and to support your development of gymnastics knowledge and the delivery methods such as the ‘How to Coach’ skills.

Before you enrol onto the course you will need to find a mentor. Your mentor is required to hold a level 2 qualification, or equivalent, and have begun their level 3 qualification within the same discipline.

Gymnast demonstrators

You will need to bring 2 or 3 demonstrators (3 or 4 for acro) with you to sessions 2, 3, 4 and 5 of the course.

Resources included

Logbook.

Discipline specific resource pack.

Online modules.

Registration period

2 years from course start date.

Hold another level 2 qualification

The day one of the level 2 course is generic; therefore it is not essential that you attend. However Scottish Gymnastics advise all candidates to attend all days of our courses. Please contact coacheducation@scottishgymnastics.org to let us know if you are not attending.

Coaching within a Scottish Gymnastics registered club

You must have SG & BG gold memberships. Join or renew/upgrade your Scottish Gymnastics membership through gymnet. 

You must have a PVG record linked to Scottish Gymnastics and have a current Scottish Gymnastics wellbeing & protection award prior to commencing mentoring within your club. If you need any assistance, please contact your club’s safeguarding officer or safeguarding@scottishgymnastics.org.


Level 3 Technical Modules

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 three months after the course.  This course is open to those over the age of 18 years only.

All technical modules and the level 3 coaching theory course must be completed successfully to be a level 3 coach.

Level 3

Technical module details

Face-to-face structure

Session 1 - on course

Session 2 – practical assessment and professional discussion. Find out about your assessment here

Pre-requisites

Learners must be 18 years by day 1 of the course.

Transferring between disciplines – see the British Gymnastics transfer matrix.

Gymnast demonstrators

Learners must bring 2 or 3 gymnasts (acro 3 or 4), who they have spent time with developing the required level 3 skills. Gymnasts can be at varying levels in the skill development process and you should be able to show the planned physical preparation and progressions. At least one gymnast must be able to perform the whole skill with support for your assessment.

Mentor

While no mentor is required for this course it would benefit the learner while practicing.

Learners cannot coach the skills within their course until they have successfully completed their assessment without a suitably qualified coach present, see the code of practice (p14).

Resources included

Discipline specific resource pack

Registration period

2 years from course start date.

Coaching within a Scottish Gymnastics registered club

You must have SG & BG gold memberships. Join or renew/upgrade your Scottish Gymnastics membership through gymnet. 

You must have a PVG record linked to Scottish Gymnastics and have a current Scottish Gymnastics wellbeing & protection award prior to commencing mentoring within your club. If you need any assistance, please contact your club’s safeguarding officer or safeguarding@scottishgymnastics.org.

 

Discipline 

Discipline specific information

Acrobatics

4 technical modules. Learners must have attended acro module 1 prior to attending module 2, 3 or 4. Modules 2, 3 and 4 can be attended in any order.  

Men's artistic

4 technical modules, attended in any order. 

General 

4 technical modules. Learners must attend module 1 before module 2. Module 3 & 4 can be attended in any order.

TeamGym

3 techncial modules, attended in any order.

Trampoline

4 technical modules. Learners must attend module 1 before module 2 and have been signed off on their module 1 & 2 prior to attending the module 3, etc. 

Tumbling

2 technical modules. Learners must have attended module 1 prior to attending module 2.

 


Level 3 Theory

The level 3 coaching theory course is delivered over two 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.

Ready to submit your level 3 theory portfolio?
When you have completed your portfolio of evidence and are ready for assessment, please fill in the form which is available in your Academy and send it to: education@british-gymnastics.org. You should be able to download the form from the academy under your courses > Level 3 coaching theory.  If you click go button and then expand the assessment process using the triangle at the side, you should see L3 Assessment Application form.


Level 4 - Senior Club Coach and Level 5 - High Performance Coach

Level 4 and Level 5 courses are delivered in some disciplines where there is demand within Scotland. These courses are application only and coaches must demonstrate that they are working at the appropriate level in order to undertake the course.


Course Assessments

An assessment date for candidates’ courses will be advertised at time of booking on the course calendar or GymNET when enrolling. When candidates enrol onto the course, they are enrolling onto both the course and assessment dates. 

> See full information on candidates' course assessments here. 


We also offer a wide range of CPD courses and add-on modules that aim to deliver quality education opportunities to broaden knowledge and expertise.

> Add-on and CPD modules