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Athletics Coach Modules FAQ

Athletics Coach FAQ

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If you are quite interested in taking the Athletics Coach Qualification - but just want to know a little bit more information about it before you sign up, then please find below a list of frequently asked questions.

FAQs

In a nutshell, why should I take the Athletics Coach Modules?

OK so now tell me more about the Athletics Coach Modules.

Where does the online learning approach fit into the coaching qualifications structure?

I want to begin coaching track and field events but have no existing qualifications... where do I start?

I am already qualified under the previous 'UKA Levels' coach education structure. Do I have to start again?

What else is available to study as a coaching qualification?

And what is available when I want to progress from ATHLETICS COACH?

Ok – so tell me more about the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES

Can I take more than one MODULE?

What is involved with taking the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES?

Why is the assessment process so open?

Who is eligible to take this qualification?

I hold a Level 2 Children In Athletics qualification, why can’t I do this award?

I hold a Level 2 Children In Athletics qualification and also a Level 2 Sprint & Hurdles, Jumps, Throws or Endurance. Can I still do the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES?

I hold a Certificate in Running Fitness award, can I do the Athletics Coach Modules?

What if I already hold a higher coaching qualification such as level 3 or 4?

Why are the qualifications initially free?

How do I sign up and start taking the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES?

What about the Event GROUP AND EVENT Specialist qualifications?

What about the Master Coach qualification?

In a nutshell, why should I take the Athletics Coach Modules?

Having completed Athletics Coach Award (and returned a valid DBS check) you will be licensed to coach the seven core events/areas covered on course:

  • Sprints
  • Hurdles
  • Endurance including Walks & Steeplechase
  • Long Jump
  • High Jump
  • Shot
  • Javelin

However, if you wish to coach Triple Jump, Pole Vault, Discus, Hammer or Wheelchair Racing you will also need to complete an additional short online module. Each module is comprised of video and written material and ends with a multiple choice test, which carries a 75% pass mark

Following a review of the criteria required for insurance in these events as of the 5 January 2014 you will also need to undertake a practical assessment to achieve the full award - more details of which will be released shortly.


OK so now tell me more about the Athletics Coach Modules

Following an extensive listening process over recent years UKA have put together a coaching qualification system that gives British coaches the content that they want in the most convenient way possible.

Once a coach is licensed to coach independently, we believe there should be a shift towards blended learning. This is an approach that incorporates self-guided learning through the online delivery of content. So, for the first time the majority of the study for the coaching qualifications that build on from the Athletics Coach Award, will be done through uCoach’s online learning platform- LEARN. This method of content delivery has been designed with the needs of the coach in mind.

Not only will the prospective coach have access to all the course material, they’ll also be able to make their way through the modules in their own time, at their own pace. The website presents sound coaching expertise from around the world. It provides easy access to information and resources for you to review at a time, which is convenient for you! It lets you decide when and where you want to do your leaning.

The theory and knowledge gleaned can then be applied to all the other material available on uCoach. This in turn provides prospective coaches with the best possible educational experience.

At the end of each Athletics Coach Module coaches will be required to undertake a short ‘Multiple Choice Knowledge Test’ to confirm their knowledge. A pass mark of 75% is required to complete each online Module.

Following a review of the criteria required for insurance in these events as of the 5 January 2014 you will also need to undertake a practical assessment to achieve the full award - more details of which will be released shortly.

Where does the online learning approach fit into the coaching qualifications structure?

As the new coach education structure continues to develop, UKA plans to use this method firstly on the Athletics Coach additional Modules and the Event Group qualification, and then all subsequent qualifications.

I want to begin coaching track and field events but have no existing qualifications... where do I start?

Your first port of call is the ‘Coaching Assistant’ qualification; details of which are available on uCoach. Once candidates have completed thia qualification they can then apply for the ‘Athletics Coach’ award

A qualified ‘Athletics Coach’ can then apply for an ‘Athletics Coach Module’ qualification, where you will learn more technical information about Pole Vault, Triple Jump, Hammer, Discus and Wheelchair Racing.

The next step on the coaching ladder is the ‘Event Group’ qualification, where you will learn more detailed technical information about the event group you want to coach such as the Sprints or Endurance events. This is followed by ‘Event Specialist’ courses, where the teaching will further narrow to individual events such as the Long Jump or Javelin – again depending on the preferences of the coach. The final step is to attempt the ‘Master Coach’ course which has yet to be fully revealed but will be the most senior qualification it is possible to get in the UKA system.

I am already qualified under the previous 'UKA Levels' coach education structure. Do I have to start again?

No, providing you are at least a level 2 qualified coach in anything apart from ‘Children in Athletics’ you can enrol on the ‘Athletics Coach Modules’ qualifications. This is of course because the information that coaches will be exposed to follows on from the ‘Athletics Coach’ qualification and only coaches with a level 2 qualification or higher under the old UKA Levels system have been deemed well versed enough to undertake the course.

What else is available to study as a coaching qualification?

Over the last year you will have seen UKA and the four home countries have already successfully rolled out the following qualifications: ‘Leader in Running Fitness’, ‘Coaching Assistant’, ‘Athletics Coach’, ‘Coach in Running Fitness’.

And what is available when I want to progress from ATHLETICS COACH?

The ‘Event Group’ qualifications are available on uLearn (Sprints & Hurdles, Jumps and Endurance) and uCoach LEARN (Throws).

Ok – so tell me more about the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES:

There will initially be five modules available:

  • Pole Vault
  • Triple Jump
  • Hammer
  • Discus
  • Wheelchair Racing

Can I take more than one MODULE?

Yes you can take as many Modules as you like. In fact we actively encourage coaches to get involved in coaching across event groups because this helps young athletes discover the events they are best at. The Modules available will compliment the Athletics Coach Course and therefore completing all 5 Modules will ensure all aspects of athletics events are covered.

What is involved with taking the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES?

There will be a series of teaching progressions for each of the modules. These will all be available online via the uCoach website either in text or in video format. At the end of each module there is a short Multiple Choice Knowledge Test to complete online. You can go through each teaching progression as many times as you like. 

Following a review of the criteria required for insurance in these events as of the 5 January 2014 you will also need to undertake a practical assessment to achieve the full award - more details of which will be released shortly.

Why is the assessment process so open?

Achieving these qualifications does not insure a coach to coach any differently. The Athletics Coach qualification ensures a coach can function independently of supervision. Having taken the formal qualifications which precede it, this qualification bridges the gap and ensures coaches can develop accordingly based on their own requirements and motivations to improve. This makes it a far more flexible and affordable experience for coaches.

Who is eligible to take this qualification?

In short, you must hold a Level 2 qualification (with the exception of Level 2 Children In Athletics) or an Athletics Coach qualification or higher qualifications. For those who want the detail, an exhaustive list of coaching qualifications that are accepted is available below:

If you have ANY of the qualifications in the list below you ARE ELIGABLE to undertake the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES:

  • Level 2: Endurance
  • Level 2: Jumps
  • Level 2: Speed
  • Level 2: Throws
  • Level 2: Fell & Mountain Running Coach
  • ATHLETICS COACH
  • Level 3: Discus
  • Level 3: Hammer
  • Level 3: High Jump
  • Level 3: Hurdles
  • Level 3: Javelin
  • Level 3: Long Distance
  • Level 3: Long Jump
  • Level 3: Marathon
  • Level 3: Middle Distance
  • Level 3: Pole Vault
  • Level 3: Shot Put
  • Level 3: Sprints
  • Level 3: Steeplechase
  • Level 3: Triple Jump
  • Level 3: Ultra Distance
  • Level 3: Walks
  • Level 3: Combined Events
  • Level 4: 100/200m/Relay
  • Level 4: 400m Hurdles
  • Level 4: 400m/Relay
  • Level 4: Decathlon
  • Level 4: Discus
  • Level 4: Hammer
  • Level 4: Heptathlon
  • Level 4: High Jump
  • Level 4: Javelin
  • Level 4: Long Distance
  • Level 4: Long Jump
  • Level 4: Marathon
  • Level 4: Middle Distance
  • Level 4: Pole Vault
  • Level 4: Shot Put
  • Level 4: Sprint Hurdles
  • Level 4: Steeplechase
  • Level 4: Triple Jump
  • Level 4: Ultra Distance
  • Level 4: Walks

If you ONLY have one or more of the qualifications in the list below you are NOT ELIGABLE to undertake the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES:

  • Leader
  • Children In Athletics
  • Fitness in Running and Walking
  • Club & Children’s Leader
  • Leadership in Running Fitness
  • Leadership in Running Fitness FMR
  • Level 1 Assistant Coach
  • Coaching Assistant
  • Level 2 Children in Athletics
  • Coach in Running Fitness
  • Coach in Running Fitness FMR
  • Children’s Coach
  • Level 3: Coaching Young Athletes
  • Level 3: BAF Strength and Conditioning
  • Level 3: Fell and Hill
  • Level 4: Coaching Young Athletes
  • Level 4: BAF Strength and Conditioning
  • Level 4: Fell and Hill

I hold a Level 2 Children In Athletics qualification, why can’t I do this award?

The next relevant step for you based upon your work towards coaching children is the Children’s Coach Award. If you want to take the Athletics Coach Module qualifications you must first start by taking the Athletics Coach qualification.

I hold a Level 2 Children In Athletics qualification and also a Level 2 Sprint & Hurdles, Jumps, Throws or Endurance. Can I still do the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES?

Yes, because you have a Level Two qualification in an event group in addition to your CIA you are eligible to attend undertake the Event Group qualifications. Please see the lists above for an exhaustive insight into which qualifications are accepted as eligible.

I hold a Certificate in Running Fitness award, can I do the Athletics Coach Modules?

No, if you want to take the Athletics Coach Module qualifications you must first take the Athletics Coach qualification. This has been the case since the new qualifications structure was launched.

What if I already hold a higher coaching qualification such as level 3 or 4?

We understand that many coaches do not want to continue taking qualifications. On this basis we will continue to place emphasis on coach development with all the conferences, master classes, coach development programmes and other activities currently running.

However, there will be a lot of material of interest to coaches at these levels within the Athletics Coach Modules and the Event Group qualification.

Why are the qualifications initially free?

This is a very different direction for a sport to take in terms of coaching qualifications. UKA have decided to underwrite the first 11 months of this new area so that as many coaches as possible can benefit from the legacy of a home Olympic and Paralympic Games and have the opportunity to develop their skills.

It is also an opportunity for coaches to help improve the modules even further and, as part of accessing the course for free, all we ask in return is that you provide us with feedback on your experiences of the system and the content.

All good things come to an end however, and coaches should note in 2014 there will once again be a charge for coaches wishing to access the online material, so be sure to get studying as soon as you can.

How do I sign up and start taking the ATHLETICS COACH MODULES?

To access the online portion of the Athletics Coach Module qualifications please follow the instructions HERE.

What about the Event GROUP AND EVENT Specialist qualifications?

The model for these qualifications will be the similar as for Athletics Coach Modules, but will cover a lot more detail, will involve greater technical content and will include an Integration Day. For example the Event Group qualification involves a series of online modules followed by one attendance day. The online modules for Event Specialist will begin to be released as the Event Group Online content is completed in early 2013. Offline in person courses will begin once the online material is completed. Further details will be published on uCoach and through all major PR channels when more details are confirmed and modules begin to be released.

What about the Mastercoach Qualification?

The Master Coach qualifications will involve a rigorous assessment process based on a syllabus that will include all the material covered during the Event Group and Event Specialist qualifications. The syllabus will be released once the Event Specialist online material has been completed.

Further details will be published on uCoach and through all major PR channels when more details are confirmed. Coaches who wish to take the Master Coach qualification are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the content of the Event Group and Event Specialist qualifications, however, this is not mandatory as many coaches will have already acquired this knowledge through their own experience and self directed learning.

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