Thursday, Dec. 8, 2016


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The UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) aims to support coaches to develop their ‘how to’ skills while integrating various technical and tactical areas of the sport. The UKCC Basketball course programme has been designed to help you fulfil the identified roles below:

UKCC Qualification What the qualified coach will be able to do:
Level 4 Generate, direct and evaluate the process and outcome of long term/specialist coaching programmes
Level 3 Plan, implement, analyse and revise annual coaching programmes
Level 2 Prepare for, deliver and review coaching session(s)
Level 1 Assist more qualified coaches, delivering aspects of coaching sessions, normally under direct supervision


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Level 1 (SQA Course Code: G8HK44)

This is the basic level of coaching qualification for those who wish to commit to coaching basketball. This course provides each candidate with the basic knowledge of basketball and coaching skills and will enable the holder to assist a fully qualified Level 2 Coach.

On successful completion of the Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Basketball, candidates will be able to:

  • demonstrate an ability to safely organise and supervise basketball activities, including group coaching and using pre-planned coaching session cards
  • promote and establish working relationships and high standards of behaviour with players, coaches, parents and officials in the overall development of basketball
  • demonstrate an understanding of:
    • generic coaching skills
    • basketball-specific coaching skills
    • coach and performer/player development
    • health and safety
    • working with parents
    • basic rules/laws of basketballs
    • demonstrate an ability to identify and adapt basketball activities and sessions for a variety of different age groups
  • demonstrate an awareness of further personal development opportunities in basketball


Candidates are required to:

  • be a minimum of 16 years of age on day 1 of the course
  • have previous experience of playing basketball or be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of theory and practice of playing basketball

Candidates are not required to complete the Getting Started course before attending the UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Basketball.

The Level 1 course costs £170 per candidate. Candidates can apply for a scholaship from sportscotland to reduce the cost of the course. Visit our coach funding page for further information.

Level 2 (SQA Course Code: G8JC45)

This level of coaching qualification provides a prospective coach with a general overview of all aspects of basketball and sports coaching and enables the holder the ability to work independently to plan, deliver and review basketball coaching sessions without supervision.

On successful completion of the courses, candidates will be able to:

  • establish an effective, fair and equitable coaching environment
  • establish a safe coaching environment
  • revire participants needs and establish goals for coaching sessions
  • produce plans for sessions that support participants development
  • plan for the evaluation of sessions
  • prepare participants for coaching sessions
  • establish and maintain working relationships with participants and others
  • deliver coaching sessions
  • develop participants performance
  • conclude coaching sessions
  • evaluate participants performance and the effectiveness of sessions
  • monitor personal coaching practice


Candidates are required to:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age on day 1 of the course
  • hold the UKCC Level 1 Certificate in Coaching Basketball or equivalent
  • have evidence of having successfully attended the sports coach UK Safeguarding and Protecting Children workshop or equivalent prior to certificatio
  • have evidence of having successfully attended an appointed persons first aid course or equivalent prior to certification

The Level 2 course costs £350 per candidate. Scholarships are available from sportscotland.

Level 3 Course

The Level 3 course has been endorsed and a pilot has been delivered with 10 coaches in Scotland. We are currently reviewing this pilot course with a view to making it even better.  basketballscotland will look to offer another Level 3 course in 15/16

Level 4 Course

The Level 4 course is university based. Coaches can assess this opportunity at the Uniersity of Central Lancashire. Contact for further information.


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