1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union

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">Learner Information
Qualification Number 603/2145/3
Guided Learning (TQT): 24 (123)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/2145/3
Entry Age: 16
Operational Start Date 01/08/2017
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Certification End Date 31/12/2022
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 3 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Rugby Union provides learners who are over 16 years of age with the skills to be able to plan, deliver and evaluate a series of linked and progressive rugby union coaching sessions independently, although they may work as part of a larger coaching team. Through the completion of the learner journey for this qualification, learners will be introduced to the practical and theoretical aspects of planning, delivering and evaluating progressive coaching sessions in rugby union.

This qualification forms part of the RFU’s UKCC endorsed coach education programme.


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.


Prior to registration for the qualification learners are required to:

  • have their identity confirmed
  • be over 16 years of age due to the level of autonomy and responsibility of a qualified coach of rugby union operating at this level.
  • be able to communicate effectively in English3 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • be able to provide evidence of achieving the RFU Headcase concussion module.

This qualification consists of five mandatory components. Learners must successfully complete all five mandatory components.

Title Reference number Guided Learning
The role of the rugby union coach K/616/0550 1
Plan a series of rugby union coaching sessions T/616/0552 3
Deliver a series of rugby union coaching sessions J/616/0555 3
Review a series rugby union of coaching sessions R/616/0557 3
Technical coaching requirements for rugby union D/616/0559 11

Unlike many other awarding bodies, which just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive assessment tools (available through England Rugby’s Learner Management System), which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your students
  • qualification administration that is available online, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Coaching Rugby Union  Qualification Specification, outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable./wptab]

Organisations are unable to apply to become recognised and approved to deliver this qualification unless the governing body has granted permission, please contact the RFU in the first instance.

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.