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PLEASE NOTE: Information regarding the next Event Group Sprints & Hurdles, Jumps and Endurance Integration Days is available here.

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Ok- So Tell me more about the Event Group Qualifications

How does the online learning and offline integration day fit into the qualifications structure?

I want to begin coaching track & field events but I have no 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?

What’s the progression from EVENT GROUP?

Can I take more that one Event Group?

What’s the process of taking the Event Group Qualifications?

Why is the 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' & a 'Level 2 Sprint & Hurdles, Jumps or Endurance' Can I still do the Event Group Qualification?

What if I already hold a higher Coaching Qualification such as a Level 3 or 4?

What additional insurance do I gain from completing these qualifications?

How do I sign up?


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, the focus should shift quickly towards a blended approach, primarily through self-guided learning. With the needs of the coach in mind, for the first time the majority of the study for a coaching qualification that expand on the Athletics Coach qualification will be done online through uCoach’s LEARN platform

Not only will the prospective coach have access to all the course material at once but they’ll also be able to make their way through the modules in their own time and at their own pace. With the website holding coaching expertise from around the globe, it is easy to access the information and resource you need at the time that you want to review it, e.g. you decide when and where to do your learning.

The theory and knowledge gleaned can then be applied to all the other material available on uCoach in order to give the perspective coach the very best educational experience possible. After time spent understanding the concepts that underpin sprint training you can then use uCoach to watch coaches such as Dan Pfaff, Malcolm Arnold or Clyde Hart give a lecture about those very same concepts ...The possibilities are endless.

This does not mean however you are left to go it alone. A developing coach will have the opportunity to attend an integration day. At this event specialist tutors will condense all the knowledge they’ve learned online into a method of coaching safely and effectively.

At the end of every module perspective coaches will take a short test to confirm their knowledge and then move onto the part of the course that will include more specific coaching material than ever before. 

Ok – so tell me more about the Event Group Qualifications:

There will initially be four qualifications available for:

  • The Sprints & Hurdles (60-400m including hurdles)
  • The Jumps (Long, Triple, High and Pole Vault)
  • The Throws (Hammer, Shot, Discus, Javelin and Club Throw)
  • Endurance (all Endurance events including walks)

Combined Events will be available once all the other event groups are completed. 

There will also be a separate wheelchair racing module.

Where does the blended online learning followed by offline integration day 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 Event Group qualification and then all subsequent qualifications; Event Specialist and Master Coach.

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 ‘Athletic Leader’ and ‘Coaching Assistant’ qualifications; details of which are available on uCoach. Once candidates pass these assessments they can then apply for the ‘Athletics Coach’ or the ‘Children’s Coach’ award depending on which direction you wish to go. Once you’ve completed one you are more than welcome to take the other course.

A qualified ‘Athletics Coach’ can then apply for an ‘Event Group’ qualification, where you learn more technical information about the event group you want to coach such as the Sprints or Endurance events.

The next step on the coaching ladder is the ‘Event Specialist’ course 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 start at the ‘Event Group’ qualification. This is of course because the information that coaches will be exposed to during the ‘Event Group’ qualification 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: ‘Athletics Leader’, ‘Leader in Running Fitness’, ‘Coaching Assistant’, ‘Athletics Coach’, ‘Coach in Running Fitness’, ‘Children’s Coach’.

And what is available when I want to progress from Event Group?

The Event Group Coach qualifications are currently our highest level of qualification. 

Can I take more than one event group?

Yes you can take as many event groups as you like. In fact we activly encourage coaches to get involved in coaching across event groups because this helps young athletes discover the events they are best at. Secondly the information you learn in one event group can help you working in another. For example knowledge of sprints and hurdles is directly applicable to jumps and endurance. Knowledge of throws helps training for power across all event groups etc.

What is involved with taking the Event Group qualifications?

There will be a series of modules for each of the qualifications. These will all be available online via the uCoach and uLearn websites either in text or in video format. After each module there is a short written test to complete online. You can go through each module as many times as you like. When you have passed every test you are eligible to proceed to the one day course assigned to each qualification. This day will primarily focus on integrating all the content learned but there is no formal individualised assessment.

The Integration Day involves coaches coming together to discuss how they might coach athletes presented in two case studies based on the content they learned during the online modules. During this process the candidate must watch video footage of an athlete in order to indentify their technical weaknesses and then create a plan to correct these issues and also address any other developmentally important factors that might apply to the case study athletes.

Why is the assessment process so open?

Achieving these qualifications do 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 proceed 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 Event Group Qualifications:

  • Coach in Running Fitness (NB coaches are eligible for EG Endurance ONLY. Coaches who commenced the CiRF course prior to 1st September 2014 will need to complete the CiRF to Endurance Bridging module before progressing to the EG Endurance couse. Coaches who commenced the revised CiRF Award (from 1st September 2014) will be able to progress straight to the Event Group Endurance Event Group Award on completion of their course.) 
  • 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 Event Group Qualifications:

  • Leader
  • Children In Athletics
  • Fitness in Running and Walking
  • Club & Childrens 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 FMR
  • Childrens 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 Event Group 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 Event Group Qualifications?

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 eligable.

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, masterclasses, 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 Event Group qualification. These coaches will be able to pay a fee to access to the online content without having to pay for the offline integration day. However, if they choose to take the qualifications formally at a later date, there will be no financial penalty.

What additional insurance do I gain from completing these qualifications?

All insurance related matters are handled within the Athletics Coach role which includes additional add on modules. The Event Group qualifications do not affect a candidates insurance but simply prove that a candidate has been exposed to key concepts surrounding appropriate long term athlete development.

How do I sign up and start taking the Event Group qualifications?

The EG online modules are available on uLearn. To book on, please click here.


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