Level 4

The British Equestrian Federation and British Rowing are working with the University of Gloucestershire to deliver the BEF Level 4 Coaching Certificate (endorsed by UKCC). The course is a bespoke programme developed specifically for both sports.

The Level 4 qualification is for 'high performing' coaches and it involves an advanced syllabus of professional education for coaches with considerable experience; it is not exclusive to coaches working in a 'high performance' environment.

The pre-requisite for consideration for this Level 4 qualification is either a Level 3 equestrian coaching certificate (endorsed by UKCC) in general riding or one of the equestrian disciplines, a BHS Fellow, Performance Coach (Stage 5) or Senior Coach (Stage 4) in Complete Horsemanship or a Riding for the Disabled Advanced Coach. Readiness for the Level 4 Programme will be assessed via the application process and face to face interviews.

Vision for a Level 4 coach


Level 4 coaches will be visionary and knowledgeable decision makers who display exceptional skills, behaviours and the highest professional and ethical standards. They will advance their own and others' development; lead cutting-edge programmes, or a specialist part of a programme; and make a positive impact on sport performance and behaviour.

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 BEF Level 4 Coaching Certificate qualification for high performing coaches it has been created around work-based learning modules focused on skills, knowledge and understanding needed to develop professional practice as well as the ability to manage academic learning.

Please Note: The BEF will be the awarding body for the Level 4 Qualification (endorsed by UKCC), and the PG Dip element of the course will be certified by the University of Gloucestershire.

Level 4 Coaching Certificate Applications

Applications for 2019 entry are now closed. 

If you are interested in being considered for 2020 entry please register your interest with Melissa Kinrade at melissa.kinrade@bef.co.uk

We will notify you in Spring 2020 about the Level 4 Information Day which is normally held in May at the University of Gloucestershire.

The BEF are delighted that the following coaches have been awarded the Level 4 qualification:

Name Member Body

Year Awarded Level 4

Tess Chew Riding for the Disabled Association 2015
Becky Johnson British Horse Society 2015
Pauline Brimson British Reining 2015
Angela Flanagan British Carriage Driving 2015
Philippa Curry British Showjumping 2015
Corinne Bracken British Showjumping 2016
Andrew Stennett Association of British Riding Schools 2016
Harry Payne British Dressage 2016
Janet Horswill British Dressage 2016
Gillian Elliott Horse Scotland/ British Horse Society 2016
Jo Swain British Dressage/ British Horse Society 2016
Debbie Melville The Pony Club/ British Eventing/ British Horse Society 2016
Clare Turner The Pony Club/ British Eventing 2016
Cindy Russell Endurance GB 2016
Warren Lamperd British Showjumping 2017
Julia Gourley British Horse Society 2017
Tom Graham British Dressage 2017
Claire Nixon British Horse Society 2018
Mandy Frost British Showjumping 2018
Sarah Tubbs British Showjumping 2018
Juddith Hubbard British Horse Society 2018
Leanne Wall British Dressage 2018
Pat Crann The Pony Club/British Showjumping 2019
Tina Ure British Eventing 2019
Michael Paveley British Horse Society 2019
Sam York British Horse Society 2019
Victoria Gallantree British Horse Society 2019
Lisa Morris British Eventing 2019
Tom Simkin UK Polocrosse Association 2019
Philip Kinsella British Horseracing Authority 2019

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