Within the England Hockey setup coaching qualifications are split into levels; L1, L2, L3 & L4. L1 being first and L4 being the highest qualification each course covers all aspects of coaching in sport as well hockey specifically.  Below is a run down of each level and what they entail if you wish to get your qualification.

England Hockey Level 1

  • UKCC Level 1 is suitable for those with some experience of playing hockey and perhaps with practice in helping in a coaching or teaching environment.
  • The course length is a minimum of 17 hours contact time and is run over a minimum of three separate occasions.
  • A formal (summative) assessment is included within the course and the candidate will be informed after assessment if they have been awarded the qualification.

The candidate can expect the tutor to introduce:

  • Basic techniques
  • Principles of play
  • Use of small-sided games
  • The rules of the game
  • Underpinning theory knowledge
  • Skills to create a safe, enjoyable and effective environment
  • Candidates are advised to gain an Emergency 1st Aid certificate and attend a scUK Good Practice and Child Protection Course or equivalent as soon as possible following the course.

Statement About Coaching Independently

Those qualified at UKCC Level 1 will not be entitled to coach independently; they should only coach those skills that they are qualified to coach.  More advanced skills require additional training to ensure safe and effective coaching.  It is appropriate for Level 1 coaches to be working with juniors, school teams and lower level club teams. Anyone who qualified at UKCC Level 1 prior to the VRQ award may continue to coach independently for now but you are strongly advised to upgrade to a ukcc level 2 award in coaching hockey if you wish to continue to coach independently without a level 2 or 3 coach on the pitch.

England Hockey Level 2

  • The UKCC Level 2 qualification is for those who wish to coach the techniques of the game beyond an introductory level and apply them to tactical play and the coaching of teams.  It is only suitable for those with experience of coaching hockey.
  • The course involves a minimum of 32 hours of tutored pitch-time and theory work. It will also involve one assessment that takes place on course.
  • A further 6 hours of practical coaching, some of which will ideally be mentored, will take place following the course and prior to the second assessment.
  • Candidates will have two practical assessments; one on course with adults and one after the course with children.
  • Once learners have successfully completed both assessments they will be awarded the Level 2 in Hockey Coaching.
  • The course must be completed within 18 months of registration and it is anticipated that candidates will complete within 6 – 9 months.
  • Will take place on the last day of the course
  • This assessment will be of 20 minutes duration, coaching a minimum of 7 adult players
  • Will take place at a prearranged Assessment Day
  • These Assessment Days will be arranged prior to the course starting and will be a minimum of 3 months after the course has finished, this means learners will be aware of the dates for both assessment before the course starts
  • This assessment will be of 30 minutes duration, coaching a minimum of 7 junior players (under 16)

England Hockey Level 3

This course requires at least one year and often two of coaching a team and gathering evidence on that team in relation to technical and tactical ability, physiological and psychological development of players and match analysis; this is related to the individuals in the team and the team as a unit.

Level 3 coaches are expected to make appropriate interventions to improve players and teams and document this evidence. Level 3 coaches are expected to plan for the season, parts of the season and detailed individual session plans and record and evaluate this material in their portfolio. They are expected to undertake CPD and plan their own personal development as a coach as well as mentor and develop others coaches.
Two 90 minute assessments take place on completion of a detailed portfolio.
  • Demonstrate advanced coaching competence. (generic – the how)
  • Deliver Hockey Core Hockey Skills & Tactics
  • Demonstrate advanced technical & tactical competence (the what)
  • Support and supervise Coaches where applicable
UKCC Level 3:  High Performance Coaching Workshops
Running in tandem with the Level 3 course England Hockey will be running a series of High Performance Workshops. These workshops are statutory for anyone registering for the Level 3 course but are also valuable for any coach who would like to access CPD.
The workshops will be run by a current High Performance Coach and will offer up to date messages around the following key titles:
Module 1 – Unit Play
Module 2 – Goal Scoring
Module 3 – Attacking Out-letting
Module 4 – Attacking Final 3rd Transition
Module 5 – Team Defence
Module 6 – Goal Keeping

England Hockey Level 4

Coaches wishing to take the UKCC Level 4 course need to be coaching a National League club and/or be involved with junior international teams with a view to progressing to senior teams. Coaches need a background in sports science, management of a team of coaching staff and extensive technical and tactical knowledge.

A portfolio of coaching at a high level needs to be presented prior to acceptance on the course with evidence of Continual Professional Development in both hockey and related generic areas.   It may be possible for Senior Coach Educators to specialise in this area to gain a UKCC Level 4 coach award in the future. England Hockey will continue to work with International coaches to arrange workshops for this level where possible.

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