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The qualifications you need to coach in schools

To coach in schools, it’s usually required that you have a Level 2 coaching qualification in the area you’re planning to specialise in. For a more thorough understanding, we’ll take you through everything you need to consider before you can begin coaching in schools.

Who sets the requirements?

Technically, the requirements for coaching children and young people are agreed by each Local Authority, meaning each council can have its own standards. Each school is then able to adjust the specific requirements further depending on their specific needs. In practice, however, most councils and schools will request a Level 2 coaching qualification.

What does ‘Level 2’ mean?

Rather than referring to a specific course, Level 2 is simply an agreed standard, measured against the UKCC endorsement. Level 2 qualifications are available in many different coaching disciplines, whether you’re looking at multi-skills or a specific sport. Essentially, being trained to this level shows that you’re reliable, professional and ready for the challenge.

Some schools will accept qualifications in related non-coaching areas, such as sports science, physical education, instruction and fitness. This usually requires a level of practical experience on your part, however, so it’s best to go for coaching specific courses.

For your own peace of mind, make sure you get your qualification from an Ofqual Regulated Awarding Body, such as Transcend Awards. It means that any training you receive will meet the highest possible standards. The extra confidence this gives you can be invaluable when you start delivering sessions.

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How old do you have to be?

It’s a UK-wide requirement that you must be over 18 to run a coaching session. For most of the UK, under 18s are permitted to support delivery, if they’re under direct supervision of an adult Level 2 Coach. If you are under 18, the good news is that you’re likely to be eligible for some great apprenticeships and traineeships which are only available in your age group, so make sure you make the most of it!

What else is required?

There are of course other requirements to working in a school – insurance cover, adhering to the school’s code of conduct, a successful DBS check – but these are usually straightforward and often the school will let you know when they need these.

What’s the next step?
If you’re concerned that you’re not qualified enough for the coaching role you’ve got in mind, get in contact with They offer a huge range of qualifications for every stage of your journey. With the right drive, you’ll be amazed at how quickly you can start your coaching career.

If you’ve got the qualifications to coach in schools, then don’t hesitate! Coaching is one of the most rewarding careers in the world, so make sure you start looking around for that golden opportunity. At Premier Education we have the largest network of primary school sports coaches in the UK and we’re always recruiting new talent. You can find our latest vacancies on our Total Jobs page.

If you’ve got any further questions on this, we’d recommend that you drop a line to Simply explain where you are and where you want to be, and their team of experts will find the perfect next step for you.