Women's Artistic Level 1

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Women's Artistic Level 1

Women's Artistic Level 1

This course will qualify you to be an assistant coach for women’s artistic gymnastics.  

Women’s artistic is an impressive discipline to coach. Participants perform exciting routines made up of dynamic skills, choreography and apparatus techniques. Your role is to support and develop these skills for participants to enjoy.

Many of our level 1 coaches are parents, teachers, gymnasts or coaches of other disciplines. 

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Who is this Aimed at:

People who are engaged with gymnastics and wish to develop their knowledge further and get involved in coaching.

Pre Requisites:

Learners must be at least 16 years old on the first day of the course.

What To Expect:

An informative course that develops all aspects of coaching, including ‘how to coach’ as well as discipline specific practical experience and knowledge.

Delivery Method:

Practical tutor led days, online activities and mentored hours:

Day 1 – Practical

Day 2 – Practical

Day 3 – Assessment

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

Days 1 and 2 - Minimum of one required

Day 3 Assessment - Minimum of three required

For Acrobatics gymnastics you are required to bring a minimum of one pair for days 1 and 2, and a minimum of 3 participants for the assessment.

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the course and to support your development of 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 minimum of a level 2 coaching qualification, or equivalent, within the same discipline.

What Resources Are Included:

1st4Sport logbook, discipline specific resource pack, and online resources. 


£319 for British Gymnastics members who hold a minimum of Silver membership at the time of enrolment onto the course (£419 for all other candidates).

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


By the end of this course you will:

  • Begin to apply the 'How to Coach' skills
  • Understand how to use and build up progressions for discipline specific skills
  • Know your ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Know your safety responsibilities
  • Know how to move and set up equipment safely for your session
  • Recognise muscles and how they work
  • Describe the principles of group organisation and communication
  • Appreciate the principles of safe support
  • Know the structure and purpose of preparation for activity
  • Understand basic biomechanical principles
  • Appreciate the need for different learning styles

Common Core Theory:

  • Ethical coaching responsibilities
  • Safety in coaching
  • Group organisation
  • Physical, cognitive and emotional development
  • Basic anatomy and physiology
  • Basic nutrition and healthy living
  • Biomechanical principles
  • Erection and dismantling of apparatus
  • Principles of supporting and spotting

Fitness and Well-being - Physical Preparation:

  • Warm up
  • Flexibility training
  • Basic conditioning
  • Additional conditioning exercises

Floor Skills:

  • Developing key skills
  • Bridge
  • Straddle stand
  • V-sit
  • Straddle v-sit
  • ½ lever
  • Tucked Russian lever
  • Tucked top planche
  • Side splits
  • Single leg balances - Y balance and arabesque
  • Headstand tucked and stretched
  • Rolls
  • Forwards roll
  • Backwards roll

Floor Skills Continued:

  • Roll to straddle stand
  • Piked rolls
  • Handstand
  • Handstand forwards roll
  • Cartwheel
  • Cartwheel ¼ turn in
  • Round off (in prep for the R/O flic)
  • Hurdle step
  • Handstand bridge to stand
  • Forwards and backwards walkovers
  • Jumps
  • Straight jump
  • Tuck jump
  • Star and straddle shaped jumps
  • Straight jump with ½ and 1/1 turn
  • Using the trampette and spring board for teaching jumps
  • Learning how to fall

Vault Skills:

  • Run up
  • Take off hurdle step and jump from the board
  • Landing drills
  • Squat vault
  • Handspring to flatback

High Bar and Asymmetrical Bars Skills:

  • Introducing bars to beginners
  • Grasping the bar
  • Straight hang
  • Back hang
  • Learning to swing
  • Swing on high bar
  • Work in gloves and loops
  • Swing and ½ turn
  • Dismounting from the high bar
  • Upward circle
  • Cast to land on the floor
  • Cast to backwards hip circle
  • Cast towards handstand


  • Adaption of the feet and hands on beam
  • Walks
  • Runs
  • Pivot turns
  • Changing levels
  • Jumps and leaps (stretched, tuck and star jump, split leap)
  • Simple balances
  • Splits on beam
  • Jumps along the beam
  • Conditioning on beam

Introduction to Dance:

  • Pliés
  • Tendues
  • Arm positions for girls
  • Arm positions for boys

Assessment Method:

Practical – including planning and delivering an allocated skills matrix box

Logbook – including both written and delivered tasks

How Long Until I Am Fully Qualified:

Typically it takes four months to become qualified. However, you have up to one year from Day 1 of the course to complete the qualification 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.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan a session for all skills within your allocated skills box, issued four weeks prior to the assessment
  • Deliver the warm up, two of the skills and the cool down from your planned session

You need to bring at least three participants to the practical assessment

This skills matrix is valid for courses starting from 04/06/2016

Box 1

Vault: Squat on, jump off

Bars: Cast to backwards hip circle

Beam: Four different balances from the syllabus

Floor: Forwards roll to straddle sit and stand

Floor: Headstand

Floor: Bridge

Box 2

Vault: Squat through

Bars: Turning swings

Beam: A selection of turns from the syllabus

Floor: Forwards walkover

Floor: Handstand

Floor: Jump 1/1 turn

Assessment process

Briefing and set up - 10 mins

Warm up - 5 mins

1st Skill delivery - 10 mins

2nd Skill delivery - 10 mins

Cool down - 5 mins

Self-reflection - 5 mins

De-brief - 15 mins

Box 3

Vault: Handspring to flatback

Bars: Cast towards handstand

Beam: Four jumps and leaps from the syllabus

Floor: Backwards walkover

Floor: Cartwheel

Landing: For apparatus of your choice

Box 4

Vault: Using the trampette for a range of skills from the syllabus

Bars: Upwards circle

Beam: Split leap

Floor: Handstand to bridge

Flexibility: Circuit of your choice

Rebound: Jumping

Download this Skills Matrix Skills matrix for courses starting before 04/06/16

Find Women's Artistic Level 1 courses near you


The courses below are in date order, soonest displayed first.

08 Nov 2020
Crewe & Nantwich Gymnastics Club,Crewe
15 Nov 2020
Avondale Gym Club,Surbiton
22 Nov 2020
Abingdon Gymnastics Club,Wallingford
29 Nov 2020
Spalding Gymnastics Academy,Spalding
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