Coaching in the UK

Update for Partners on the Review of the units containing Coaching Common Content

Wed, 11 Feb 2015

The Ofqual review of the Qualifications and Curriculum Framework (QCF) has impacted on the delivery plan for the new common coaching content.

Ofqual are continuing to consult on what the format of post-QCF qualifications will be and it is unlikely that there will be any clarity as to what the new qualification landscape (in England, Wales and N. Ireland) will look like, until later in 2015.

In response sports coach UK , Skills Active and the awarding organisations that offer the qualifications have agreed to make available the new units of common content for sports coaching in the QCF format.

These new units have been placed on the QCF to meet the demand of the sports who have expressed a wish to develop a Session coach role as soon as possible to suit their sport or to populate the participation agenda. Any sport who develops these qualifications will be able to use them until the end of 2018.

Sports who do not have an immediate need to develop any new qualifications are advised to wait for a better understanding of what will be in place post QCF in the coaching landscape.

The new QCF Units have been levelled, as below:

  • Coaching Assistant – Level 1
  • Session Coach – Level 2
  • Club Coach – Level 2

For clarification on what these different roles mean please click here.

The units will be credited by the awarding organisation working with each sport when developing the full qualification. If you would like to progress the development of any new QCF qualifications, please speak with your awarding organisation for further information on the process and timescales.

Governing bodies are encouraged to conduct a review of and affirm/reaffirm the coaching roles within their sport and develop a technical and knowledge syllabi for those roles. This valuable insight can then be used in any post-QCF developments in 2016.

Anyone wishing to view the new units may do so by clicking on this links on the right hand side of this page.

This is an exciting opportunity for sport to plan the evolution of their coach education to enhance coaching in the traditional sporting environments and to offer support for participation and the health of the nation. Your feedback and contribution to the process has been valued and has shaped the content of the new units.

sports coach UK  are confident that the new content will offer the flexibility for all governing bodies of sport to create qualifications that are valid, fit for purpose and can be adapted for the full range of sports, and along with CPD (Continued Professional Development) cover their desired range of population areas and environments.

For further information please refer to the previous communication in December 2014 or contact:  

Your coach education advisor or Anne Baker: [email protected]

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