Coaching Youth Rugby Union

Qualifications for Coaching Youth Rugby Union (players aged 12-18) 

Below is an outline of each qualification (current or proposed) within the coach education model relating to coaching youth rugby union. A key change in approach is the integration of refereeing content into a number of qualifications, notably the entry level courses. 

Coaching Youth Rugby Union (UKCC Level 2)

Course Cost: £80 / £350

APPLY for the UKCC Level 2: Coaching Youth Rugby Union

This course acts as an entry qualification for coaches who are currently coaching youth rugby and will also include content on refereeing the 15-a-side game. Through your work you will be better able to develop core technical and tactical skills and core values in your players in an active, purposeful, enjoyable and safe environment.

Please note, coaches do NOT need to complete the UKCC Level 1 qualification prior to this course. 


On completion coaches will be able to:-

  • Deliver rugby union coaching sessions and provide direction to other coaches
  • Understand the principles of coaching
  • Know how to plan, establish and maintain a safe coaching environment
  • Understand how to plan and support the delivery of activities that are age and stage appropriate for players
  • Understand how to evaluate coaching activities and understand how to evaluate own coaching practice


This course is organised by approved coaching centres and delivered by Scottish Rugby accredited coach educators. It will last approximately 34 hours (24 hours on course, 10 hours home study) and coaches must attend all three days to receive the final qualification


This course is competence based and involves on-course appraisal. It involves both classroom and outdoor practical activities, where coaches will be expected to participate fully in all sessions. 


Coaching Youth Rugby: Advanced (UKCC Level 3)

Course Cost: £TBC (between £150-£400 depending on the subsidy you'll receive from sportscotland). Your subsidy rate will be confirmed upon being shortlisted for the course.

APPLY for the UKCC Level 3: Coaching Adult Rugby Union Advanced

This course acts as a progression for experienced youth and adult coaches who have undertaken their UKCC Level 2 qualification (or equivalent), and have shown a commitment to their own development through attendance at CPD workshops. The course is aimed at head and lead coaches within U16, U18 and Adult rugby, and those who are responsible for leading and managing rugby programmes at their club or school.  

To apply for the course, you are required to:

  • Be 18 years old or older
  • Be activity coaching U16, U18 or Adult rugby at a club or school in Scotland
  • Show evidence of regular attendance at CPD workshops and/or conferences;
  • Complete the player profiling task using template provided (see download below) for all positions (1-15)
  • Submit a 20min video recording of you coaching a principle of attack (please choose any attacking principle – e.g. scanning). The video clip should have audio so your voice can be heard.

The UKCC level 3 course demands high standards of applicants.  Level 3 looks to develop future leaders within the game who are equipped with the skills to inspire.  To benefit fully from the course and achieve the qualification, the coach should have a full range of experiences in a wide range of disciplines relating to coaching the game.  This can be achieved through a combination of appropriate CPD attendance coupled with well-developed reflective skills and application of learning to practical coaching. 

Unlike the UKCC Level 1 and 2 qualifications, which are designed to assist the coach to reach the required standard of coaching, the UKCC Level 3 is a real test of your ability as both a coach and manager of playing programmes and personnel.


On successful completion of the UKCC Level 3 all coaches should be able to:

  • analyse participants’ current and potential performance needs and aspirations
  • plan a coaching programme per agreed goals
  • manage a safe and effective coaching environment
  • deliver a coaching programme using a range of coaching styles and interventions to meet participants’ needs
  • manage and develop personal coaching practice
  • coach techniques and tactical concepts of rugby union
  • demonstrate an understanding of the units and sub-units and their contribution to team play and the principles of rugby union
  • demonstrate an understanding of the principles of attack and defence. 


The course consists of 3 modules, delivered over 6 classroom days. Two of these modules are delivered face-face, and one as development in the coaching workplace, supported by a trained Scottish Rugby educator.  The course lasts one season and applicants should make themselves available for all modules.  The course is a mixture of practical and classroom based activities. 


Assessment is competency based allowing you to be continually assessed & receive support & action planning throughout the course.  Coaches will also be externally assessed at least twice in their own coaching environment.


Please contact Claire Scott: [email protected] | 0131 346 5167 should you have any questions


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