Women's Artistic Level 2

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Women's Artistic Level 2

Women's Artistic Level 2

A level 2 qualification is the second stage of the coaching pathway for this discipline.

As a level 2 coach you will be able to work independently to help participants develop their skills, strength and co-ordination. You are able to lead your own sessions, mentor and oversee fellow coaches, and open your own club. You can also help participants develop the skills required to compete in entry-level competitions. 

You will need to have already completed a UKCC Level 1 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Award.

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Who is this Aimed at:

Level 1 coaches who wish to further their knowledge and skills within gymnastics coaching, and operate independently taking responsibility of sessions.

Learners can attend the course at 17 years of age, however they will not receive the qualification and therefore will not be able to use the qualification until they turn 18 years old.

What To Expect:

An informative programme that builds on competencies learned at level 1 and develops;

  • the ability to prepare for, deliver and review a coaching session(s)
  • the understanding of responsibilities associated with running a club

Delivery Method:

Online, theory and practical delivery supported by mentored hours:

Before and throughout the course - eLearning activities

Day 1 - Classroom

Day 2 - Practical

Day 3 - Practical

Day 4 - Practical and formative assessment 

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

For most of our UKCC Level 2 courses the below participants are required:

Day 1 – none required

Days 2 and 3 – minimum of one required

Day 4 – ideally three

Practical assessment – minimum of three required

For trampoline gymnastics a minimum of three participants are required for the final assessment.

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the course to develop your sport gymnastics knowledge and the delivery methods such as the ‘How to Coach’ skills.

Before you enrol onto the course you will need to find a mentor. Your mentor is required to hold a level 2 qualification, or equivalent, and have begun their level 3 qualification within the same discipline.

*For pre-school, mentors are required to be experienced level 2 coaches, as there is no level 3 qualification.

What Resources Are Included:

1st4sport logbook, a discipline specific resource pack, a cd rom and online resources.


£499 for British Gymnastic members who hold a minimum of a Gold membership at the time of enrolment onto the course (£619 for all other candidates).

Course costs include the delivery and initial assessment, any further assessments will incur additional charges.


At the end of this course learners will be able to:

  • Recall the course programme and when assessment takes place
  • Explain the roles and responsibilities of a level 2 coach
  • Identify to whom level 2 coaches are responsible
  • Differentiate between athlete-centred and coach-centred behaviours and philosophies
  • Identify your own basic coaching philosophy
  • Define a hazard and a risk
  • Assess risks in a gymnastics context
  • Understand apparatus set up & use
  • Complete a participant profile form
  • State the benefits of planning
  • Produce a progressive, structured, and athlete-centred session plan
  • Select and use a variety of evaluation strategies
  • Recognise that people learn in different ways, so the coaching style needs to be varied to accommodate the learners
  • Explain the ways in which people may prefer to receive information
  • Identify relevant coaching styles to be used at various stages of the skill learning process
  • Link coaching skills to coaching styles
  • Review others’ coaching practice
  • Self-reflect

Learner must be at least 17 years old on the first day of the course

  • Learner must hold one of the following awards:
  • General Gymnastics - Grade 5/Ass/Lev1
  • Mens Artistic - Grade 5/Ass/Lev1
  • Womens Artistic - Grade 5/Ass/Lev1
  • General Gymnastics - Class 5 Cycle 3/4
  • Mens Artistic - Class 5 Cycle 3/4
  • Womens Artistic - Class 5 Cycle 3/4
  • General Gymnastics - Class 4 Part 1
  • Mens Artistic - Class 4 Part 1
  • Womens Artistic - Class 4 Part 1
  • Mens Artistic - Class 3
  • General Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • Generic - Assistant Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Assistant Coach
  • Womens Artistic - Assistant Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Club Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Club Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Senior Club Coach
  • Artistic Gymnastics - Level 1 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Level 1 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Level 1 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • Womens Artistic - Level 1 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Level 2 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics - Club Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics - Club Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Level 4 Certificate In Coaching Gymnastics - Senior Coach
  • Artistic Gymnastics - UKCC Level 1 Assistant Coach
  • General Gymnastics - UKCC Level 1 Assistant Coach
  • Mens Artistic - UKCC Level 1 Assistant Coach
  • Womens Artistic - UKCC Level 1 Assistant Coach
  • General Gymnastics - UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • Mens Artistic - UKCC Level 2 Coach
  • Artistic Gymnastics - UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • General Gymnastics - UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Mens Artistic - UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Womens Artistic - UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • General Gymnastics - UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Mens Artistic - UKCC Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Assistant - Assistant Coach


  • Coaching Philosophy – part 1 and 2
  • Coaching styles
  • Safety management
  • Planning
  • Fitness and training theory – part 1 and 2
  • Preparation for assessment

Common Core Theory:

  • Ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Safety in coaching
  • Group organisation
  • Physical development
  • The growing and developing gymnast
  • Fitness and training theory
  • Basic nutrition and healthy living
  • Development of talent
  • Physical training profile norms
  • Post course and preparation for assessment
  • Revision of biomechanics level 1
  • Biomechanics level 2

Practical Delivery:

  • Warm up, cool down and physical preparation 

Dance and choreography:

  • Head, foot and arm positions, and good posture in classical dance
  • Ballet barre elements including: demi plie, full plie, battement tendu and grande battlement
  • Dance elements including: chasse, split leaps and pirouettes/turns

Vault skills: 

  • Run up and take off, landing drills
  • ¾ somersault to back onto a safe landing
  • Handspring to back lie and handspring vault 
  • Jumps and landings from platforms of varying height, taking due care and attention of the age and stage of development of the participants. Jumps to include previously learned body shapes moving forwards and backwards

Bar skills:

  • Low bar skills: Clear hip circle backwards; clear hip circle to float; short and float upstarts; upstart to handstand; cast to handstand in undergrasp and overgrasp; stoop and straddle sole circle
  • High bar skills: Various types of handgrip; body shaping (arch to dish); traversing along the bar; cast from hang into basic swing (trolley swing); correct dismounting technique; recovery skills
  • Transitions: Squat on low bar jump to hang/swing on high bar
  • Polished bar skills: Shaped swings with amplitude towards the vertical and supported swings passing over the bar in gloves and loops; forwards and backwards giants in gloves and loops
  • Dismounts: Undershoot from front support; undershoot from straddle/stoop on

Beam skills:

Adaptations for hands, feet and transferring skills from floor to beam:

  • Walk runs and pivots
  • Changing level: from sit to stand, astride sit, swing to squat on
  • Handstand on beam - cross and side positions 
  • Basic skills on beam, cartwheel, forwards and backwards walkovers, lunge shape for landing 
  • ¾ turn to backwards somersault dismount

Floor skills: 

  • Static elements and advanced levers: russian lever; top planche. Development of sideways/forwards splits and japana; japana through side splits to front prone lying
  • Handstands: Straddle lift to handstand; backwards roll to front support; backwards roll to handstand with straight arms
  • Dynamic movements: Flighted forwards roll, headspring, handspring; flyspring and combinations of these skills, free cartwheel – free walkover, flic, round off, running forwards somersault tucked, round off flic, backwards somersault tucked
  • Physical Preparation: As a pre-requisite to the elements listed above

Jumps and leaps for beam and floor skills:

  • Split leap
  • Stretched jump with turn leading to 2/1 turn 
  • Split, stag, tuck, 1/1 straddle and W jumps
  • Straddle jump with 1/1 turn 
  • Sissone
  • Up to 1/1 spins
  • Arabesque
  • Using lines to aid dance and basic element training
  • Using beam to develop balance
  • Correct body alignment


The safe use of the rebound situation as an aid to teaching gymnastics elements listed in the syllabus. 

The level 2 coach must demonstrate proficiency in the following topics:

  • Safety: in the erection, use, dismantling and storing of rebound equipment including the trampette and trampoline. Safety in the use of elastic rebound equipment, including fast track, air track, trampette and trampoline as an aid to teaching gymnastics skills within the syllabus
  • Trampoline: introduction to correct techniques for front drop; seat drop; back drop; jumps with half and full turn and combinations of these skills as core elements for the teaching of gymnastic elements


Assessment Method:

Practical – including planning and delivering an allocated skills matrix box.

Logbook – including both written and delivered tasks.

Typically it takes six months to become qualified. However, you have up to two years from day 1 of the course to complete if your first attempt at assessment is not successful.

When Is My Assessment:

Your assessment date has been pre-set as per the course dates. See the ‘find a course’ page for available courses and dates.

The below skills boxes contain the skills which are to be demonstrated by at least one of the participants during the learner's practical assessment. 

The learner will be required to:

  • deliver both activities within either the warm up or cool down (including pulse raiser/lower); the assessor will allocate this at the beginning of the assessment.
  • deliver two activities from the skills listed; the assessor will allocate these at the beginning of the assessment.

The learner will be allocated one of the following skills boxes for their practical assessment.

Box 1

ROM exercises for Sissone
Conditioning exercises for handspring vault


Vault: Handspring to back lie on safety mats
Bars: Progressions for the upstart
Beam: Cartwheel for backwards somersault dismount
Floor: Back flic

Conditioning exercises for cast to handstand
Tension exercises for the backward walkover

Box 2

ROM exercises for backwards walkover
Tension exercises for second flight handspring vault


Vault: Run up and take off
Bars: Clear hip circle preps
Beam: Preparation for cartwheel backwards somersault dismount
Floor. Handspring

Strength exercises for backwards giant
Conditioning exercises for the split leap

Box 3

ROM straddle lever to handstand
Conditioning exercises for the flyspring


Vault: Second flight for handspring
Bars: Undershoot from front support
Beam: Four lengths of beam complex in preparation for
leaps and jumps
Floor: Forwards somersault

Conditioning exercises for Russian lever
Conditioning exercises for the backwards giant

Box 4

ROM exercises for arabesque
Conditioning exercises for the backwards somersault


Vault: ¾ forwards somersault to back lie
Bars: Progressions for upstart
Beam: Split leap, sissone
Floor: Round off in preparation for backflic

Conditioning exercises for straddle lift to handstand
Conditioning exercises for the clear undershoot dismount


Box 5

Conditioning exercises for split leap
Tension exercises for the forwards giant


Vault: Handspring to back lie on raised platform
Bars: From squat on low bar catch high bar to swing forwards
Beam: Cartwheel
Floor: Backwards roll to handstand with straight arms

Strength exercises for cast to handstand
Conditioning exercises for the round off

Box 6

ROM for Russian lever
Conditioning exercises for the backflip


Vault: Second flight for handspring
Bars: Progressions for the straddle/pike undershoot
Beam: Four lengths of complex in preparation for basic
acrobatic skills
Floor: Backwards somersault

Conditioning exercises for backwards somersault
ROM and tension exercises for backwards walkover

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