Sports Coaching (UKCC)

Sports Coaching (UKCC)

The National Progression Awards (NPAs) in Sports Coaching (UKCC) at SCQF levels 4, 5 and 6 (UKCC Levels 1, 2 and 3) give a cohesive structure to coaching, from enthusiastic amateurs to experienced professionals.

The NPA Sports Coaching (UKCC Level 1) at SCQF level 4 introduces new coaches to the role of coaching as defined by the Scottish Governing Body of Sports Guidelines.

The NPA Sports Coaching (UKCC Level 2) at SCQF level 5 delivers the skills and knowledge required by coaches to plan and deliver coaching sessions while not directly supervised, but as stated within the Scottish Governing Body of Sport Guidelines.

These qualifications are delivered through the centres who work with Sportscotland and the Scottish Governing Body of Sport.

These NPAs have been mapped to the National Occupational Standards (NOS) and are aligned to the United Kingdom Coaching Certificates (UKCC).

Disclosure Scotland legislation must be adhered to if candidates are working with children or vulnerable groups.

Why deliver this qualification

The NPAs in Sports Coaching can be tailored to the needs of the candidate and the centre and cover a wide range of sports.

They can be delivered as part of existing arrangements by a variety of methods, depending on the sport and the needs of the candidates. Some may be delivered over a continuous period of days or over a number of weekends or separate days. Work may be given out for home study prior to attending the course.

Delivery periods may be shorter at level 4, and candidates will normally have carried out pre-course work to ensure that they are familiar with the key rules and relevant codes of practice for their particular sport.

At level 5, delivery and subsequent assessment is likely to take place over longer periods to ensure that candidates have displayed the competence required over an appropriate period of time.

Who does this qualification suit

The NPAs in Sports Coaching are designed to give candidates valuable, practical skills to better prepare them for a career or for further study. Attainment is recognised by employers, schools and other educational bodies.

The NPA at SCQF level 4 is suitable for over 90% of those involved in sport. They are suitable for anyone who aspires to be a coach and wishes to learn by assisting in the coaching process. Candidates may still be at school and have a keen interest in sport; they may be HNC/HND candidates; or they may have been involved in coaching without having formalised their experience and knowledge.†

Candidates at SCQF level 5 will already have experience of the sporting activity and of coaching, and will now be looking to work with a higher level of autonomy, but still with some support.

SCQF level 6 candidates will be capable of supporting less experienced coaches and colleagues, and candidates will require sufficient experience of coaching to allow this process to take place.

Access

Access is at the discretion of the centre. Candidates do not require any formal entry qualifications, but Scottish/national governing bodies may wish to set a minimum entry requirement.

Level 5 and 6 candidates will be expected to have completed or have demonstrated the skills and knowledge of the previous level.

Progression

Coaches require a recognised qualification and these NPAs fulfill that requirement. If in time a licence becomes mandatory to undertake coaching, these NPAs may become essential for coaches for insurance purposes.

These NPAs could open up employment opportunities with local authorities in Scotland and sports clubs as coaches are required for all sporting activities.†

Level 4 and 5 candidates can progress to the next level of NPA, and candidates at all levels can progress to HNC/HND in Sports Coaching with Development of Sport, or the SVQs in Coaching at level 2 and 3.

Approval

Before any SQA Centre decides that they would like to deliver the NPA Sports Coaching they must be award of the Approvals stipulations which must be fulfilled:

Centre must contact Sports Scotland to obtain a Letter of Support prior to seeking SQA approval. This letter must be submitted with the Approval Application to SQA.

How to assess

Candidates will be assessed and supported over a period of time, mostly in the form of practical tasks. While e-assessment generally will not be appropriate, some of the underpinning knowledge may be assessed in this way.

At level 4, evidence may be recorded in a logbook with the assessor giving guidance and feedback on each stage of the candidateís progress.

At level 5, assessment will take place over a longer period to allow for development and to ensure the candidate is competent to work on their own with athletes.

Qualification content and delivery tools

Group Award Codes

SCQF level 4

Group Award Code

Sports Coaching: Angling Coarse (UKCC Level 1)

GH1N 44

Sports Coaching: Angling Game (UKCC Level 1)

GH1P 44

Sports Coaching: Angling Sea (UKCC Level 1)

GH2L 44

Sports Coaching: Archery (UKCC Level 1)

GJ1G 44

Sports Coaching: Badminton (UKCC Level 1)

GH4P 44

Sports Coaching: Basketball (UKCC Level 1) 

GH1R 44

Sports Coaching: Boccia (UKCC Level 1)

GH1T 44

Sports Coaching: Bowling  (UKCC Level 1)

GH9V 44

Sports Coaching: Boxing (UKCC Level 1)

GH9T 44

Sports Coaching: Canoeing (UKCC  Level 1)

GH1E 44

Sports Coaching: Coaching Diving (UKCC Level 1)

GH2M 44

Sports Coaching: Coaching Swimming (UKCC Level 1)

GH62 44

Sports Coaching: Coaching Synchro (UKCC Level 1)

GH1V 44

Sports Coaching: Coaching Water Polo (UKCC Level 1)

GH1W 44

Sports Coaching: Curling (UKCC Level 1)

GH1F 44

Sports Coaching: Cycling (UKCC Level 1)

GH1G 44

Sports Coaching: Dance Sport (UKCC Level 1)

GJ1E 44

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Generic  (UKCC Level 1)

GH1H 44

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Riding for the Disabled Driving (UKCC Level 1)

GH1J 44

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Vaulting (UKCC Level 1)

GH1K 44

Sports Coaching: General Gymnastics (UKCC Level 1)

GH1X 44

Sports Coaching: Golf (UKCC Level 1)

GH1Y 44

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics  Acrobatic (UKCC Level 1)

GH1M 44

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Menís Artistic (UKCC Level 1)

GH20 44

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Pre-School (UKCC Level 1)

GH26 44

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Rhythmic (UKCC Level 1)

GH21 44

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Trampolining (UKCC Level 1)

GH2F 44

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Womenís Artistic (UKCC Level 1)

GH22 44

Sports Coaching: Handball (UKCC Level 1)

GL1F 44

Sports Coaching: Hockey (UKCC Level 1)

GH1L 44

Sports Coaching: Judo (UKCC Level 1)

GH23 44

Sports Coaching: Modern Pentathlon (UKCC Level 1)

GH9W 44

Sports Coaching: Mountaineering (UKCC Level 1)

GH9X 44

Sports Coaching: Netball (UKCC Level 1)

GH24 44

Sports Coaching: Orienteering (UKCC Level 1)

GH25 44

Sports Coaching: Rugby League (UKCC Level 1)

GH27 44

Sports Coaching: Rugby Union (UKCC Level 1)

GH28 44

Sports Coaching: Shinty (UKCC Level 1)

GH29 44

Sports Coaching: Shooting (UKCC Level 1)

GH9Y 44

Sports Coaching: Squash (UKCC Level 1)

GH2A 44

Sports Coaching: Table Tennis ( UKCC Level 1)

GH2C 44

Sports Coaching: Teaching Aquatics (UKCC Level 1)

GH56 44

Sports Coaching: Team Gymnastics (UKCC Level 1)

GH2D 44

Sports Coaching: Tennis (UKCC Level 1)

GH2E 44

Sports Coaching: Triathlon (UKCC Level 1)

GH2G 44

Sports Coaching: Tumbling (UKCC Level 1)

GK90 44

Sports Coaching: Volleyball (UKCC Level 1)

GH2H 44

Sports Coaching: Weightlifting (UKCC Level 1)

GJ00 44

SCQF level 5

Group Award Code

Sports Coaching: Angling Coarse (UKCC Level 2)

GH7P 45

Sports Coaching: Angling Game (UKCC Level 2)

GH7R 45

Sports Coaching: Angling Sea (UKCC Level 2)

GH7T 45

Sports Coaching: Badminton (UKCC Level 2)

GH36 45

Sports Coaching: Basketball (UKCC Level 2)

GH37 45

Sports Coaching: Bowling (UKCC Level 2)

GH38 45

Sports Coaching: Canoeing (UKCC Level 2)

GH39 45

Sports Coaching: Coaching Diving (UKCC Level 2)

GH3C 45

Sports Coaching: Coaching Swimming (UKCC Level 2)

GH57 45

Sports Coaching: Coaching Synchro (UKCC Level 2)

GH3D 45

Sports Coaching: Coaching Water Polo (UKCC Level 2)

GH3A 45

Sports Coaching: Cricket (UKCC Level 2)

GH3E 45

Sports Coaching: Curling (UKCC Level 2)

GH3H 45

Sports Coaching: Cycle Speedway (UKCC Level 2)

GH3K 45

Sports Coaching: Cycling (UKCC Level 2)

GJ01 45

Sports Coaching: Cycling BMX (UKCC Level 2)

GH3L 45

Sports Coaching: Cycling Mountain Bike (UKCC Level 2)

GH3N 45

Sports Coaching: Cycling Road and Time Trial (UKCC Level 2)

GH3P 45

Sports Coaching: Cycling Track (UKCC Level 2)

GH3R 45

Sports Coaching: Cyclocross (UKCC Level 2)

GH3J 45

Sports Coaching: Dance Sport (UKCC Level 2)

GJ02 45

Sports Coaching: Equestrian British Dressage (UKCC Level 2)

GH7G 45

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Driving (UKCC Level 2)

GH7H 45

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Generic (UKCC Level 2)

GH7J 45

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Riding for the Disabled (UKCC Level 2)

GJ1F 45

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Riding for the Disabled Driving (UKCC Level 2)

GH3X 45

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Vaulting (UKCC Level 2)

GH3Y 45

Sports Coaching: General Gymnastics (UKCC Level 2)

GH40 45

Sports Coaching: Golf (UKCC Level 2)

GH41 45

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Acrobatic (UKCC Level 2)

GH42 45

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Menís Artistic (UKCC Level 2)

GH44 45

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Pre-School (UKCC Level 2)

GH45 45

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Rhythmic (UKCC Level 2)

GH46 45

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Trampolining (UKCC Level 2)

GH47 45

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics Womenís Artistic (UKCC Level 2)

GH48 45

Sports Coaching: Handball (UKCC Level 2)

GL1J 45

Sports Coaching: Hockey (UKCC Level 2)

GH49 45

Sports Coaching: Judo (UKCC Level 2)

GH4A 45

Sports Coaching: Modern Pentathlon (UKCC Level 2)

GJ03 45

Sports Coaching: Mountaineering (UKCC Level 2)

GJ04 45

Sports Coaching: Netball (UKCC Level 2)

GH4C 45

Sports Coaching: Orienteering (UKCC Level 2)

GH4D 45

Sports Coaching: Rowing (UKCC Level 2)

GJ07 45

Sports Coaching: Rugby League (UKCC Level 2)

GH4E 45

Sports Coaching: Rugby Union (UKCC Level 2)

GH4F 45

Sports Coaching: Shinty (UKCC Level 2)

GH4G 45

Sports Coaching: Shooting (UKCC Level 2)

GJ08 45

Sports Coaching: Squash (UKCC Level 2)

GH4H 45

Sports Coaching: Table Tennis (UKCC Level 2)

GH4J 45

Sports Coaching: Teaching Aquatics (UKCC Level 2)

GH55 45

Sports Coaching: Team Gymnastics (UKCC Level 2)

GH4K 45

Sports Coaching: Tennis (UKCC Level 2)

GH4L 45

Sports Coaching: Triathlon (UKCC Level 2)

GH4M 45

Sports Coaching: Tumbling (UKCC Level 2)

GK91 45

Sports Coaching: Volleyball (UKCC Level 2)

GH4N 45

Sports Coaching: Weightlifting (UKCC Level 2)

GJ09 45

SCQF level 6

Group Award Code

Sports Coaching: Badminton (UKCC Level 3)

GH65 46

Sports Coaching: Basketball (UKCC Level 3)

GH66 46

Sports Coaching: Canoe Freestyle (UKCC Level 3)

GH6A 46

Sports Coaching: Canoe Polo (UKCC Level 3)

GH6D 46

Sports Coaching: Canoe Racing (UKCC Level 3)

GH6F 46

Sports Coaching: Canoe Slalom (UKCC Level 3)

GH6G 46

Sports Coaching: Canoe Touring (UKCC Level 3)

GH6H 46

Sports Coaching: Canoe Wild Water Racing (UKCC Level 3)

GH6J 46

Sports Coaching: Coaching Diving (UKCC Level 3)

GH97 46

Sports Coaching: Coaching Swimming (UKCC Level 3)

GH98 46

Sports Coaching: Coaching Synchro (UKCC Level 3)

GH99 46

Sports Coaching: Coaching Water Polo (UKCC Level 3)

GH9A 46

Sports Coaching: Cricket (UKCC Level 3)

GH6K 46

Sports Coaching: Curling (UKCC Level 3)

GH6L 46

Sports Coaching: Cycle Speedway (UKCC Level 3)

GJ0C 46

Sports Coaching: Cycling BMX (UKCC Level 3)

GJ0A 46

Sports Coaching: Cycling Mountain Bike (UKCC Level 3)

GH7K 46

Sports Coaching: Cycling Road and Time Trial (UKCC Level 3)

GH7L 46

Sports Coaching: Cycling Track (UKCC Level 3)

GH7M 46

Sports Coaching: Cyclocross (UKCC Level 3)

GJ0D 46

Sports Coaching: Equestrian British Eventing (UKCC Level 3)

GH68 46

Sports Coaching: Equestrian British Showjumping (UKCC Level 3)

GH69 46

Sports Coaching: Equestrian Generic (UKCC Level 3)

GH6M 46

Sports Coaching: Gymnastics (UKCC Level 3)

GH6N 46

Sports Coaching: Handball (UKCC Level 3)

GL1H 46

Sports Coaching: Hockey (UKCC Level 3)

GH6P 46

Sports Coaching: Judo (UKCC Level 3)

GL2D 46

Sports Coaching: Netball (UKCC Level 3)

GH6R 46

Sports Coaching: Open Canoe (UKCC Level 3)

GH6C 46

Sports Coaching: Rowing (UKCC Level 3)

GJ0E 46

Sports Coaching: Rugby Union (UKCC Level 3)

GH6T 46

Sports Coaching: Sea Kayak (UKCC Level 3)

GH6V 46

Sports Coaching: Squash (UKCC Level 3)

GH6W 46

Sports Coaching: Surf Kayak (UKCC Level 3)

GH6X 46

Sports Coaching: Table Tennis  (UKCC Level 3)

GH6Y 46

Sports Coaching: Tennis (UKCC Level 3)

GH70 46

Sports Coaching: Triathlon (UKCC Level 3)

GJ0G 46

Sports Coaching: Tumbling (UKCC Level 3)

GK92 46

Sports Coaching: White Water Kayak (UKCC Level 3)

GH71 46

Qualification Structure

The NPAs in Sports Coaching at each level have an identical structure, and are designed to build upon the previous level of skill, knowledge and competence. Units do not necessarily cover the same ground as the preceding level.

SCQF level 4

The NPA qualifications in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 4 have threee mandatory Units (12 SCQF credit points).

SCQF level 5

The NPA qualifications in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 5 have two mandatory Units (12 SCQF credit points).

SCQF level 6

The NPA qualifications in Sports Coaching at SCQF level 6 have four mandatory Units (24 SCQF credit points).

For further information on the units and structure of these qualifications please refer to the Group Award Specification.

Group Award Specification