Certificate in Coaching (Level 3)

Certificate in Coaching (Level 3)

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The Level 3 qualification is our highest coaching certification and is for coaches who want to have the ability and knowledge to plan, deliver and evaluate detailed periodised training programmes for individual riders within a specific discipline.

The course covers a wide variety of topics, including analysing a rider’s performance, prescribing and evaluating training plans, delivering advanced techniques and testing and benchmarking rider performance.

How do I become a Level 3 coach?

The Level 3 Certificate is for coaches who want to have the ability and knowledge to plan, deliver and evaluate detailed periodised training programmes for individual riders within a specific discipline.

There are currently have three qualifications available in the disciplines of Mountain Bike, Road and Time Trial and Track. Click each of the links for a full course outline.

What will I learn?

The Level 3 course is an interactive and practical course that develops your discipline specific knowledge further to enable you to expand on the knowledge already gained at Level 2 and offer training prescription for individuals and small groups of riders.

The course consists of two programmes of face to face study; the Level 3 Core Unit and the Level 3 Discipline Specific Unit.

The Level 3 Core Unit is a four-day course which is comprised of sixteen compulsory modules. These include:

  • Training theory.
  • Performance benchmarks and event demands.
  • Coach/rider partnership.
  • Drug-free cycling.
  • Introduction to sports science and nutrition.
  • Analysing performance.
  • Planning and prescribing training.
  • Enhancing race performance.
  • Working with groups and young riders.
  • Evaluating training.
  • Improving your coaching.

What will I learn within the discipline specific content?

The Discipline Specific Unit is a three-day course that develops your discipline specific coaching and introduces you to advanced discipline specific techniques and tactics.

There are practical coaching sessions on Days 2 and 3 of the courses, where you will have the opportunity to deliver advanced discipline specific techniques to riders within the coaching environment.

The course covers a variety of modules including:

  • Planning training: Rider profiling, goal setting and annual planning.
  • Event demands.
  • Prescribing training.
  • Advanced discipline specific techniques and tactics.
  • Discipline-specific clothing and equipment.
  • Reflecting on your coaching.

How will I be assessed?

Each Unit has a number of assessments including:

  • Observation of practical coaching.
  • A written assessment task.
  • Practical coaching experience log.

We are also in the process of developing an online learning platform that will enable you to perform and submit much of you theory based study via britishcyclinglearning,org.uk.

Maintaining starndards through the Level 3 Licensing Scheme

In 2012, we launched a pilot licensing scheme for qualified Level 3 coaches as we believe that maintaining high professional standards in coaching is in the interest of riders and coaches alike as our sport is continuously evolving and so too is our knowledge and understanding of the needs of riders and coaches.

The licensing programme will run initially as a pilot scheme, until membership is due for renewal in 2014. During this time, an additional Coaching License and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) logbook will be issued to qualified Level 3 coaches.

Browse a full list of available dates and venues here.

How to apply

Complete and return the following documents:

Application form

Contact us

Email: coaching@britishcycling.org.uk
Tel: 0161 274 2060