Women's Artistic Level 1

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Women's Artistic Level 1

Women's Artistic Level 1

This course is currently being delivered virtually.

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 knowledge and practical experience through post-course activities.

Delivery Method:

Tutor-led sessions, online activities and post-course mentored supporting activities:

Virtual course delivery structure:
Session 1 – 4 hours
Session 2 – 3-4 hours
Session 3 – 3-4 hours
Session 4 – 3-4 hours
Session 5 – Virtual assessment and professional discussion 

Please note to join the course you must do so on a laptop or computer. Unfortunately, mobile devices do not support the platform functionality and you will not be able to fully engage with the course. If a mobile device is your only option, please contact your course organiser as this will affect your ability to take part in the online course.

Do I Need To Bring Participants:

Sessions 1 – 4: You will not require participants for these sessions as they are virtually led by the tutor. You will need to use gymnasts for the post-course activities and when working with your mentor to gain knowledge and experience in your practical sessions.

Session 5 Virtual Assessment – Minimum of three required for the recording of the assessment video. Please ensure one gymnast is able to perform the complete skills in your interim skills matrix box (with or without support).

Do I Need To Find A Mentor:

Your mentor will be someone to help you throughout the post-course activities 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. 


£259 for British Gymnastics members who hold a minimum of Silver membership at the time of enrolment onto the course (£359 for all other candidates).

Virtual course costs include the delivery of virtual sessions and initial virtual assessment; any further virtual 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 video submission– including planning and delivering an allocated interim skills matrix box. This will be completed in your own gymnastics’ environment under the supervision of your mentor.

Logbook – completed electronically and includes both theoretical and delivery tasks.

Professional Discussion – you will complete a virtual professional discussion with your assessor following submission of your logbook and video to enable self-reflection, feedback, and any subsequent action plans. Your overall assessment result will be provided here.

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 virtual 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 virtual course dates. See the ‘find a course’ page for available virtual courses and dates.

You will be assessed on your ability to:

  • Plan a session for all skills within your allocated skills box, issued six weeks prior to the assessment
  • Deliver the activities and skills presented in bold type 

You need to use at least three participants within your practical video submission.

This skills matrix is valid for virtual courses & assessments starting from April 2021.

Box 1

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Squat on, jump off (10 minutes)

Cast to backwards hip circle (10 minutes)

Four different balances from the syllabus (10 minutes)

Forwards roll to straddle sit and stand (10 minutes)
Headstand (10 minutes)
Bridge (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

Box 2

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Squat through (10 minutes)

Turning swings (10 minutes)

A selection of turns from the syllabus (10 minutes)

Forwards Walkover (10 minutes)
Handstand (10 minutes)
Jump 1/1 turn (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

Box 3

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Handspring to flatback (10 minutes)

Cast towards handstand (10 minutes)

Four jumps and leaps from the syllabus (10 minutes)

Backwards Walkover (10 minutes)
Cartwheel (10 minutes)

For apparatus of your choice (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

Box 4

Warm-up (5 minutes)

Using the trampette for a range of skills from the syllabus (10 minutes)

Upwards circle (10 minutes)

Split leap (10 minutes)

Handstand to bridge (10 minutes)

Circuit of your choice (10 minutes)

Cool-down (5 minutes)

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

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