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Coaching - UKCC LEVEL 1

5 years ago By Roz Galloway

The UKCC Level 1 in Coaching (Rugby Union) is a practical-based course, taught over two days and one evening.


The UKCC Level 1 in Coaching (Rugby Union) is a practical-based course, taught over two days and one evening. It includes opportunities to coach and develop your coaching. The overall aim of this course is to enable you to coach players under some direction, for example from a head coach or coaching co-ordinator.

Coaches applying for the UKCC level 1 course must have attended the mandatory RugbyReady annual practical course

Is the UKCC Level 1 suitable for me?

Due to the focus of the course being your coaching delivery skills (how you coach), Scottish Rugby recomends that every coach commences their qualifications at UKCC Level 1.

Qualified PE teachers who have attended the mandatory RugbyReady practical course and possess relevant rugby coaching experience can progress directly to UKCC level 2.

UKCC Level 1 Course Information


On successful completion of the Level 1, candidates should be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to safely organise and supervise rugby union activities, including small and conditioned games
  • promote and establish working relationships and high standards of behaviour with players, coaches, parents and officials in the overall development of rugby union
  • demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. generic coaching skills.
  2. rugby specific coaching skills, including handling, tackling, contact & continuity, 5 ‘man-scrum,’ and line-out throwing & support techniques.
  3. coach and player development.
  4. good practice in club management and coaching.
  5. health and safety.
  6. working with parents, attitudes and ethics.
  7. basic laws of the game of rugby union.

  • demonstrate an ability to identify and adapt rugby union activities and sessions for a variety of different age group


The course operates as an induction evening followed by two days. The course is primarily practical based, and you will be given several opportunities to coach and develop your coaching throughout the course.

UKCC Level 1 sits at Level 1 of the National Qualifications Framework. It is linked to the Sport & Recreation National Occupational Standards (NOS). The NOS for Sport & Recreation have been developed by people from the industry with a vast range of knowledge and experience. The standards provide a benchmark of good practice for coaches, teachers and instructors. Successfull candidates will be awarded SCQF Level 4 Sports Coaching (Rugby Union) by the SQA and will also receive an electronic certificate from Scottish Rugby endorsed by UKCC.


Assessment is competency-based, allowing you to be continually assessed, receive support and action-planning throughout the course. There is also an open book multi choice test.


Candidates must be 16 years of age or over before they can apply for the qualification.

All coaches must provide evidence of having completed the following:-

  • IRB RugbyReady self-check test available at
  • IRB Laws self-check test available at
  • RugbyReady practical course

Once completed print off your downloadable certificate and bring to the course.

Coaches - please ensure you have completed these prior to applying , should any candidate not have completed the above then you will not be able to achieve the award.

How to apply

Following Sportscotland's review of funding to support the cost of UKCC courses for eligible coaches, an outline of the new application and subsidy process for all coaches / teachers who are working to grow the game in Scotland within our member clubs and schools is detailed below.

In order to qualify for the subsidised price of £30 for a Level 1 - candidates are asked to provide additional information on Scottish Rugby's UKCC course application form. Should the criteria for subsidy not be met, then candidates will be asked to pay the full price of £175. This will ensure that only coaches who are actively growing the game in our member clubs and schools are able to take advantage of the subsidised price. (Coaches who are operating in other Unions or our-with our member clubs and schools will be charged £175.)

As a result the price of UKCC courses will remain as published for eligible coaches for the remainder of the year. These may be subject to change during the 2012-13 financial year.

Candidates are asked to complete the application form as fully as possible and return as per the instructions at the foot of the application forms.

Completed application forms must be returned with a cheque made out to ‘Scottish Rugby’ for the full amount or with a contact address and email address for the organisation to be invoiced. Please send applications to:

Jennifer Dailly
Coach Development Administrator
Scottish Rugby
Murrayfield Stadium
EH12 5PJ

If the course is fully-booked, your cheque will be returned. There may be a small standby list for each course.

Where next?

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