UKCC Level 3: Coaching Youth and Adult Rugby Advanced

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This course is for coaches who are operating as a head or lead coach of a senior, U18 or U16 team.

The Level 3 course demands very high standards of applicants.  Level 3 looks to develop future leaders within the game who are equipped with the skills to inspire.  In order 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 Level 1 and 2 qualifications, which are designed to assist the coach to reach the required standard of coaching, the Level 3 is a real test of your ability as both a coach and manager of playing programmes and personnel.  Although there are development opportunities on the course, it is very much an endorsement that you are working at Level 3, rather than a means to get you there.  It is important therefore that prior to applying you use the information below to assess your competence and confidence in all areas.

Course Aims

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 according to 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. 

Course Outline

The course consists of 3 modules, 2 of which are delivered face-face, and one as development in the coaching workplace, supported by a trained RFU mentor.  The course lasts one year 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.



The coach must be aged 18 years of age or over and hold a Level 2 or equivalent Rugby Coaching Qualification.  The coach must demonstrate evidence of regularly attending recent coach development courses, seminars or coaching conferences & must have significant experience of coaching within or managing a 15-a-side team or programme. 

They must also provide evidence of having completed the following:-


We are no longer recruiting coaches for the UKCC Level 3 course this season (2014/5).  Applications for the 2015/6 season will likely be available from April 2015.  

The UKCC Level 3 has been developed by the Scottish, English and Welsh Rugby Unions and is awarded by the Scottish Qualifications Authority. The qualification is a vocationally-related qualification which sits on the Government’s National Qualifications Framework and is recognised by all three unions, in all three home countries.

Please contact Claire Scott, Coach Development Administrator (Email:  Tel:0131 346 5167; 07773 082924) should you have any questions

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