General Gymnastics Level 2

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General Gymnastics Level 2

General Gymnastics 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 either a UKCC Level 1 General Gymnastics Award, a UKCC Level 1 in Men's or Women's Artistic Gymnastics, or a Gymnastics Activity Instructor.

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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:

Day 1 – none required

Days 2 and 3 - Minimum of one required. (For Acrobatics gymnastics you are required to bring three or four gymnasts) *

Day 4 - Minimum of three required. (For Acrobatics gymnastics you are required to bring a group of four) *

* Participants should be working towards the skills included on the course syllabus.

Day 5 Assessment - Minimum of three required. Please ensure one gymnast is able to perform the complete skills in your skills matrix box (with or without support). (For Acrobatics gymnastics you are required to bring gymnasts suitable to perform the skills in your assigned skills matrix box)

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.

What Resources Are Included:

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


£549 for BG members (£669 for non-BG members).

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:
  • Mens Artistic - Grade 5/Ass/Lev1
  • Womens Artistic - Grade 5/Ass/Lev1
  • Mens Artistic - Grade 4/Club/Lev2
  • 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
  • Artistic Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • Assistant - Assistant Coach
  • General Gymnastics - Assistant Coach
  • Mens Artistic - Assistant Coach
  • Womens Artistic - Assistant 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
  • Artistic Gymnastics - UKCC Level 1 Assistant Coach
  • Floor Vault and Bench - 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 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Mens Artistic - UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Womens Artistic - UKCC Level 1 Award in Coaching Gymnastics
  • Recreational Gymnastics - Gymnastics Activity Instructor


  • 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 and physical preparation 
  • Coordination and agility
  • Jumps and landings from platforms

Floor Skills:

  • Straddle lever  
  • Splits 
  • Box splits
  • Balances for floor
  • Headstand
  • Handstand
  • Y balance
  • Arabesque
  • 1/1 turn jump

Acrobatic Skills:

  • Handstand forwards roll
  • Cartwheel quarter turn inwards 
  • One handed cartwheel
  • Round off
  • Handstand bridge to stand
  • Forwards and backwards walkovers
  • Handspring
  • Back flic

Vault Skills:

  • Run up
  • Take off, hurdle step and jump from board
  • Handspring to back lie 
  • Handspring vault 

Bars Skills:

  • Upwards circle 
  • Cast to land on the floor
  • Cast to backwards hip circle
  • Backward hip circle on high bar 
  • Cast to squat on low bar, stand to jump to front support high bar
  • Undershoot from standing 
  • Undershoot from sole support - pike or straddle
  • High bar work
  • Hand grips
  • Body shaping 
  • Trolley swing  
  • Swinging to the horizontal on chalk bar and in gloves and loops
  • Working in gloves and loops on polished bar
  • Swing with half turn 

Bench/Beam Skills:

  • Squat and straddle on
  • Walking into chasse
  • Forwards and backwards turns
  • Turns on one foot
  • Jumps
  • Stretched jump and the basics of all other jumps
  • Jumps for bench and beam
  • Basic skills for bench and beam
  • Adapting basic skills from floor to beam
  • Handstand on the beam
  • Dismounts
  • Cartwheel quarter turn off
  • Round-off
  • Handspring dismount

Partner Work: 

  • Leap frog and cartwheel over base
  • Balances and partner
  • Front support group 
  • Headstand, handstand group 
  • Counter balance group 
  • Trampette 

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 Skills Matrix boxes below contain the skills which are to be demonstrated by at least one participant during the practical assessment. Learners should plan for the full Skills Matrix box and assessors will assign the physical preparation activity and choose two skills to be delivered on the day of the assessment.

The assessment process is a total of 90 minutes and will follow this format:

- 5 minutes: Warm-up including a pulse raiser and mobilisation.

- 5 minutes: Physical preparation activity (delivered either before the skill delivery section or after as part of the cool-down).

- 15 minutes: Skill 1 delivery.

- 15 minutes: Skill 2 delivery.

- 5 minutes: Cool-down including stretching and session conclusion.

- 45 minutes: Self-reflection, questioning, logbook and practical result, feedback and action plan.

Box 1

Physical Preparation (5 minutes each):

ROM exercises for Y balance
Strength exercises for handspring on floor
Tension exercises for handstand
ROM exercises for backward walkovers

Skills (15 minutes each):

Vault: Handspring to back lie on safety mats
Floor: Preparation for back flip
Partners: Counterbalance from syllabus
Bars: Swinging on high bar

Box 2

Physical Preparation (5 minutes each):

ROM exercises for backwards walkover
Strength exercises for handstand
Conditioning exercises for upwards circle
Tension exercises for Y balance

Skills (15 minutes each):

Vault: Run up and take off
Floor: Handspring preparations
Beam: Cartwheel ¼ turn off
Bars: Undershoot from the ground

Box 3

Physical Preparation (5 minutes each):

ROM exercises for forward splits
Strength exercises for straddle ½ lever
Conditioning exercises for back flip
ROM exercises for forward walkover

Skills (15 minutes each):

Vault: Handspring from a platform
Floor: Handstand forwards roll
Trampette: Stretched and straddle jumps
Bars: Preparation for cast to squat on to bar

Box 4

Physical Preparation (5 minutes each):

ROM exercises for arabesque
Strength exercises for front support in pair work
Tension exercises for handstand
Conditioning exercises for round offs

Skills (15 minutes each):

Vault: Handspring to back lie on safety mats
Floor: One-handed cartwheel
Beam: Forwards roll
Bars: Upwards circle

Box 5

Physical Preparation (5 minutes each):

ROM exercises for handstand to bridge
Strength exercises for upwards circle
Shaping exercises for forwards and backwards walkover
Strength exercises for backwards hip circle

Skills (15 minutes each):

Vault: Preparations for handspring
Floor: Handstand
Beam: Cartwheel quarter turn off dismount
Bars: Preparation for undershoot from straddle

Box 6

Physical Preparation (5 minutes each):

ROM exercises for straddle undershoot
Strength exercises for back flip
Tension exercises for counter balance partner work
Conditioning exercises for handspring on the floor

Skills (15 minutes each):

Vault: Second flight for handspring
Floor: Preparations for walkovers
Partners: Front support balance on partner
Bars: Swing with ½ turn to mixed grip on high bar

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