Coaching

UK Coaching Certificate Qualifications


The UK Coaching Certificate came out of a review of coaching and coaching qualifications within all major sports across the UK.

 

Level 1

Level 2

Level 3

UK Coaching Certificate Qualifications
 

UKCC Principles

  • Puts Riders at the heart of what we do.
  • Flexible qualification for all in all coaching environments; technical pathways for riding, driving, vaulting and
  • Discipline specific such as Endurance, RDA, dressage, show jumping and Eventing at different levels.
  • Builds on existing good practice and provides a career structure.
  • Ongoing opportunities for training and development.
  • Aspiring Coaches can be assured of standardised qualification.

An idea of what is expected at each UKCC Level:

Level 1

The UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching is the first step on the new EnduranceGB Coaching Pathway. The qualification focuses on both the art and the science of coaching, introducing new coaches to the "How to" skills of coaching as well as helping them to break down and coach the technical and tactical elements of the sport.

Who is it designed for?

The UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching is suitable for those who are new to coaching, but who have some knowledge of the sport and would like to learn how to apply that in a coaching environment. Assistant coaches should be committed to their own development and should be looking to gain experience whilst working with a coach who is already qualified at Level 2 or higher.

What does the Level 1 certificate qualify me to do?

The course will qualify the successful candidate to assist a higher qualified coach working to:

  • Prepare for activities in a safe working environment
  • Establish working relationships with the participants and others
  • Prepare and support participants
  • Deliver prepared activities
  • Conclude the activities
  • Review the activities to help others
  • Continuously develop personal practice
  • Assist at training camps.

What are the requirements to go on the course?

Candidates are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age on the first day of the course
  • have some experience of the sport
  • Must be a member of EGB

If you are unsure about any of the information above please do not hesitate to contact your Coaching Development Officer.

How is the qualification delivered?

The UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching will be delivered by an accredited UKCC coach tutor.

· Registration and induction and pre-course work
· Two-day practical workshop including how to and what to coaching skills
· Time to prepare a short portfolio
· Practical assessment day.

Throughout the taught programme the theoretical "How to coach" skills are threaded through the technical and tactical "What to coach" skills. As a result you will have many opportunities to practice and receive feedback on the coaching skills that you have learnt. You will be assessed throughout the course by your course tutor who will give you plenty of opportunities to demonstrate competence in key areas. There will also be some written work throughout the course and an independent assessment at the end.

Course Objectives:

On successful completion of the Level 1 Award in Coaching, learners will be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to safely organise and supervise activities, including group coaching
  • Promote and establish working relationships and high standards of behaviour with participants, coaches, parents and officials in the overall development of Endurance
  • Demonstrate an understanding of:
    - generic coaching skills
    - endurance specific coaching skills
    - coach and performer/player development
    - good practice in ride management and coaching
    - health and safety
    - basic rules of Endurance
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and adapt Endurance activities and sessions for a variety of different abilities and age groups
  • Demonstrate an awareness of further personal development opportunities in endurance, including coaching, sports therapy, administration and officiating.

Resources:

All candidates will receive high quality resources to support the qualification. These will include an induction pack and a coach handbook to support the core learning outcomes along with a candidate pack which contains all of the assessment tasks.

Level 2

Who is it designed for?

The UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Endurance is suitable for those who have already gained some experience of coaching whilst working as an Assistant Coach, following their completion of a Level 1 Award Qualification or coaches already actively coaching in the endurance environment. Coaches working towards their Level 2 qualification should be committed to their own development as a coach and should be able to demonstrate this through extended off course study. They should continue to work with a more experienced and qualified coach throughout their course of study.

What does the Level 2 certificate qualify me to do?

On successful completion of the Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Endurance, learners will be qualified to coach independently and should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and deliver safe and equitable Endurance coaching sessions
  • Demonstrate an ability to review participant’s needs when planning and delivering a series of linked and progressive coaching sessions
  • Demonstrate an ability to self-reflect and use feedback from others
  • Promote and establish working relationships and high standards of behaviour with participants, coaches, parents and officials in the overall development of Endurance
  • Demonstrate an understanding of:
    - generic coaching skills
    - endurance specific coaching skills
    - coach and participant development
    - good practice in club management and coaching
    - nutrition and hydration
    - physical conditioning for endurance
    - mental preparation
    - health and safety
    - working with parents, attitudes and ethics
    - laws of Endurance
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify and adapt Endurance activities and sessions for a variety of different abilities and age groups
  • Demonstrate an awareness of further personal development opportunities in endurance, including coaching, sports therapy, administration and officiating.

How is the qualification delivered?

The UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Endurance will be delivered by an accredited ENDURANCEGB coach. will be split into the following phases:

Phase 1: Registration and Pre-course induction and activities
Phase 2: Taught course (Day 1 & 2)
Phase 3: Mid course - off course tasks
Phase 4: Taught course (Day 3)
Phase 5: Mid course - Practical coaching and independent assessment preparation
Phase 6: Internal and independent assessment of practical coaching (Day 4)

Throughout the taught programme the theoretical "How to coach" skills are threaded through the technical and tactical "What to coach" skills. As a result you will have many opportunities to practice and receive feedback on the coaching skills that you have learnt. You will be assessed throughout the course by your course tutor who will give you plenty of opportunities to demonstrate competence in key areas. There will also be some written work throughout the course and an independent assessment at the end.

Resources:

All candidates will receive high quality resources to support the qualification. These will include an induction pack and a coach handbook to support the core learning outcomes along with a candidate pack which contains all of the assessment tasks.

Level 3

The qualification has been designed to be completely modular, meaning coaches can complete it in a timescale that suits them. It is likely to take upwards of 6 months to complete, but coaches may take up to 2 years if they choose.

The Level 3 course builds on the knowledge and skills which coaches learnt on the level 2 qualification, enabling them to challenge their own thinking and consolidate existing knowledge. It is important to recognise that coaches cannot afford to stand still as new research into coaching and new technology means that coaches have to be adaptable to change and should see their coaching development as a lifelong process.

Whilst coaches will be able to develop their knowledge skills by climbing the vertical coaching pathway i.e. from Level 1 to 2, Level 2 to 3. They will also be encouraged to continue their development horizontally through a personalised programme of continuous professional development (CPD) including additional home study, attendance at coaching conferences, coach workshops and forums etc. as well as working with more experienced mentor coaches. As coaches progress vertically to the higher levels they could use CPD workshops and study to specialise in a chosen area, for example a performance coach may choose to further their knowledge of strength and conditioning or notational analysis, whereas a coach specialising at FUNdamentals level may consider workshops relating to child development.

How is the qualification delivered?

The learning programme is very coach-centered, meaning that the course is delivered in a style that invites the candidates to play a very active role in their own learning. The role of the tutor is to facilitate and support the coaches learning, creating opportunities for micro-coaching, group tasks and discussion around coaching practice and philosophy. There are also elements of self-directed learning at home and within your own coaching environment, working with your support coach.

· Registration/induction and pre-workshop tasks
· Series of 4 x 2-day workshops spread over a 9 month period, in between workshops candidates will be working on their portfolio tasks with access to course tutor as required
· Practical assessment and professional discussion

How is the qualification assessed?

The qualification is assessed via the completion of a number of assessment tasks, some written and some practical. As the qualification is vocational in nature the assessment tasks are intended to be as closely related as possible to the activities ordinarily carried out by a coach.

To be awarded with the Level 3 qualification candidate coaches will need to demonstrate that they can do the following –

  • Establish participants’ current and potential needs and key performance factors
  • Involve participants in analysis of performance needs and aspirations
  • Design and plan an annual coaching programme that recognises the total cycle of the participant and supports participant’s needs.
  • Plan for the use of resources to support the coaching programme
  • Plan an evaluation schedule for the coaching programme
  • Establish and maintain a safe coaching environment for the participants and others
  • Establish and maintain supportive working relationships with the participants and others
  • Manage participants and others behaviour to ensure a safe and effective coaching environment
  • Prepare the participants and others for the coaching programme
  • Deliver the coaching programme
  • Develop participants’ performance within the coaching programme
  • Conclude the coaching programme
  • Monitor, evaluate and refine the goals of the coaching programme
  • Monitor and evaluate participants’ performance and development
  • Develop personal coaching practice
  • Assist others to develop their own coaching practice

What coaching environment should you be working in before you apply for the course? - Coaches must be working with competitive participants for whom annual planning is appropriate i.e. Performance Development or High Performance.

How many participants should you be working with in order to complete the qualification? - Coaches will need to identify a minimum of two participants to work with.

How to apply

The application process for the Level 3 qualification is evidence based. Coaches are required to complete an application form and submit evidence of their coaching)

The application is reviewed by a qualified assessor to determine whether the applicant meets the requirements to begin the Level 3 qualification.

  • Fully autonomous coach; role model at National level.
  • Can plan, deliver, analyse and review annual programmes of rider development
  • Goal Setting
  • Prepare for, deliver and review coaching sessions
  • Plan a series of coaching sessions
  • Prepare the coaching environment
  • Deliver a series of sessions
  • Monitor and evaluate coaching sessions and personal practice

If you are interested in being involved with Endurance GB’s coaching programme or training to be a coach please contact Cindy Russell at cindyrussell@endurancegb.co.uk