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British Dressage Coaching Certificate Information for British Dressage Members

What is BDCC?

The British Dressage Coaching Certificate (endorsed by UKCC) is a government recognised qualification which is accredited by 1st4sport that provides a recognised stamp of quality coaching across all sports around the UK. There are four levels with all sports requiring the same coaching skills at each level.

Level 1 – Assistant…delivers aspects of sessions…direct supervision

Level 2 – Basic, safe coach.  Can prepare for, deliver and review a progressive series of sessions. This is now a Dressage specific coaching qualification.

Level 3 – Fully autonomous (independent) coach; role model at County/Regional level. Can plan, deliver, analyse and review annual programmes of rider development

Level 4 – This is a Post Graduate Diploma run through the BEF. 

Level 1 is generic and as such British Dressage do not currently run this qualification.

Level 2 and 3 are discipline-specific, which for BD means you will be assessed coaching up to Elementary for Level 2 and Advanced Medium for Level 3.

What are the benefits of a BDCC dressage specific qualifcation?

The Dressage Coaching Certificate are courses made up by four day workshops for Level 2 and seven day workshops for the Level 3 where you will have an assigned Coach Educator throughout the entire course delivering the content of the programme but also to act as mentor throughout. UKCC has raised the profile of equestrian coaching by establishing best practice coaching standards. We now have a nationally recognised framework of qualifications for coach education developed by the UK’s most successful sports. The successful completion of a BDCC dressage specific qualification demonstrates that you have the technical knowledge and practical ability to coach riders to the level of the qualification gained.

British Dressage recognise this knowledge and the hard work that goes into completing a BDCC qualification and strive to continue to support our coaches, and develop their careers after the courses. Therefore any regional training up to Elementary must be taken by either a recognised or accredited coach. Any medium or advanced medium training can only be taken by an accredited coach. This is an excellent way to expose your coaching skills, and begin to develop your own client base. 

For further information on Level 2 and Level 3 qualifications please
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To see the course pre-qualification matrix please click here.

Applications for 2019 course dates have now closed, if you would like to register an interest for information on 2020 courses then please email Viki Dicesare on

What You Need to Do Now?

If you are interested in applying for any of the above courses then please
click here to download a Level 2 application form and click here to download a Level 3 application form. 

To see our Terms and Conditions please
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To see our Complaints and Appeals Procedure please
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To view our Equality and Diversity Policy please
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If you would like more details please contact Viki Dicesare at British Dressage on 02476 698833 or email

UKCC Level 4 Qualification 

The Level 4 Coaching Qualification provides coaches with a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) in Professional Practice in Sport Coaching and is designed to support and credit learning within the workplace. Forming an integral part of the UKCC Level 4 qualification for high performing coaches it has been created around work-based learning (WBL) modules focused on skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop professional practice as well as the ability to manage academic learning.

Level 4 Coaching Certificate information day

If the above vision for a UKCC Level 4 Coach sounds like you, and you want to know more, come along to the information day:-


Date:        Thursday 9th May 2019

Time:       10am to 3pm

Location:  The University of Gloucestershire - Oxtalls Campus

To register your interest, please email:-

Applications will open for September 2019 entry in June 2019. 

Listed below are our UKCC Level 4 Qualified Coaches, to read Tom Grahams experience of the Level 4 Qualification, please
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UKCC Level 4 Specialism

Joanne Swain

UKCC Level 2, UKCC Level 3, 
UKCC Level 4

Accredited Coach
Sports Nutrition for Young Athletes.
Thomas Graham

UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4

Accredited Coach

Identification of the pathways of elite dressage riders and an examination of subsequent trends.

Harry Payne

UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4

Accredited Coach
Motivation, Feedback and Education.
Janet Horswill

UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4

Accredited Coach
 The application of sports science for the development of young dressage riders
Leanne Wall

UKCC Level 3, UKCC Level 4

Accredited Coach
The reasons surrounding and preventing burnout.