The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications and has been developed in partnership with the National Source Group for Rugby Union. Group members include the Rugby Football Union (RFU), Scottish Rugby Union (SRU) and Welsh Rugby Union (WRU). An equivalent version of the qualification is available in Scotland, awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).
The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) is regulated at Level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). For further information on the regulated status of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF), please log on to The Register of Regulated Qualifications website. For further information on the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), visit the sports coach UK website.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) is designed for adults (over 18 years of age) with some experience in coaching rugby union and who have ideally completed the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF).
The qualification aims to provide you with an introduction to the processes and principles of coaching the sport to adults and children. This Certificate offers an opportunity for potential rugby union coaches to be supported in developing the knowledge of how to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate rugby union coaching sessions, enabling them to coach without supervision, but normally as part of an organisation or club’s overarching coaching programme.
Students in further or higher education studying sports-related qualifications might also wish to pursue this vocational qualification to support their interest in the sport, as a rung on the coaching ladder.
- To gain the skills to introduce people to the sport of rugby union in a safe and ethical manner.
- Rugby union is recognised both as a competitive sport and an excellent vehicle for the delivery of a variety of key skills to young people.
- To support the growth of the sport at grass-roots level.
- As an opportunity to develop coaching skills that will support the performance development of others.
What can I use it for?
Holders of this qualification may seek employment (paid or unpaid) as rugby union coaches in local amateur junior/senior clubs. It may also be used as a stepping-stone to a Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) and other vocational rugby union coaching qualifications. Achievement of a Level 2 Diploma can only be via an organisation recognised to offer the qualification or specified units. Achievement will require you to demonstrate your competence in fulfilling all the assessment criteria of the qualification, in the workplace, over a period of time.
Other vocational rugby union coaching qualifications to which you might aspire include the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF).
On successful completion of the qualification, you will be able to understand:
- the role of a coach
- the coaching process
- participants’ learning styles
- behaviour management
- how to reflect on a coaching session
- the principles of planning coaching sessions
- the principles of skill development through coaching sessions
- how the stages of participants’ development impact on their coaching
- the principles of evaluation in coaching
- basic nutrition and hydration principles for sports performance
- physical conditioning for sport
- principles of mental preparation in sport
- how to support participant awareness of drugs in sport
- how to ensure participants’ safety during sport-specific coaching sessions
- how to ensure equitable coaching of sport-specific activities.
On successful completion of the qualification, you will be able to:
- review players’ needs for a series of coaching sessions
- produce a series of coaching session plans
- plan the evaluation of a series of coaching sessions
- prepare resources for the coaching session
- assess and minimise risks before the session
- establish and maintain working relationships
- prepare players for coaching sessions
- deliver coaching sessions
- develop players’ performance
- conclude coaching sessions
- evaluate players’ performance
- evaluate coaching sessions
- evaluate and develop own coaching practice.
How will my learning programme be structured?
Learning programmes are usually designed by the recognised centre that delivers the qualification. They may, therefore, vary in length and format. Depending on your needs, delivery centres can offer intensive courses or a series of learning events over a period of days or weekends. Whatever the timescale, all learning programmes should include the following phases:
- attendance at an induction event that will provide you with an introduction to the qualification and ongoing support throughout the programme of training and home study, to ensure you understand the requirements of the qualification. In addition, you will receive support and guidance on accessing learning resources that support the development of your knowledge
- a programme of training, during which you will be provided with the predominantly practical and technical information required to enable you to fulfil the role. You will undertake a series of short assessments of coaching rugby union
- achievement of knowledge via a structured programme of learning and/or home study and/or distance learning modules
- further development of your application of the role of a coach, via practical coaching practice over a period of time and the development of a coaching log
- a final assessment of your practical coaching.
At the conclusion of the programme of training and assessment, you will be provided with formal feedback on your performance and action-planned for your further development.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) assessment will require you, in summary, to:
- have an appropriate understanding of the Level 2 knowledge units and the specific technical knowledge underpinning the coaching of rugby union, which will be assessed via performance, simulation, tasks and assignments as specified by the Level 2 Technical Syllabus for rugby union
- produce plans for six rugby union coaching sessions, four of which must be linked. These sessions must be drawn from the Technical Syllabus developed for rugby union
- provide evidence of the preparation for all coaching environments used to deliver each of the coaching sessions for rugby union
- deliver six coaching session plans for rugby union, four of which must be linked and progressive
- deliver a minimum of two rugby union coaching sessions, which must be observed by an appropriately qualified assessor
- evaluate all coaching session plans, including the effectiveness of the four linked and progressive sessions.
Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Qualifications Learner Pack and appropriate learning resource. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre.
The qualification is only delivered by 1st4sport Qualifications’ recognised centres, not all of which offer open courses to members of the public. Your first port of call to access a course is to check the recognised centre finder.