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Level 4 Coaching Certificate

We have worked with British Rowing and the University of Gloucestershire to developed and deliver the British Equestrian Level 4 Coaching Certificate (endorsed by UKCC). The course is a bespoke programme developed specifically for the needs of both sports.  It should be noted that this course and qualification has no sport-specific technical content or assessment. This is all about developing your coaching skills and knowledge to further your coaching.  

The Level 4 qualification is for high-performing coaches with considerable experience and it involves an advanced syllabus of professional academic education. It isn’t exclusive to coaches working in a high-performance environment, we have had coaches from Pony Club and Riding for the Disabled in addition to those from the Olympic sports and beyond.

The pre-requisite for consideration for this Level 4 qualification is either a Level 3 Equestrian Coaching Certificate in general riding or one of the equestrian disciplines or at least a BHS Stage 4 Senior Coach in Complete Horsemanship (this includes Stage 5 Performance Coach in Complete Horsemanship and a Fellow of the BHS) 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. Prior qualifications at the right level does not guarantee access to this programme.  

Vision for a Level 4 coach

Level 4 coaches are visionary and knowledgeable decision makers who display exceptional skills and behaviours, and the highest professional and ethical standards. They 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 Certificate programme 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 British Equestrian 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.

British Equestrian will be the awarding body for the Level 4 Coaching Certificate and the PG Dip element of the course will be certified by the University of Gloucestershire.

Level 4 Coaching Certificate Applications

In these most challenging of circumstances we are delighted to be able to confirm that we will be opening up the application process for the next cohort of coaches to our Level 4 Programme.  This cohort will have scheduled entry onto the programme from September 2021.

Stage one

Watch  two video recordings below to find out more about the Level 4 qualification and the upcoming information day. 


Stage two

Now it's time to register for a live webinar. After you register we will send you the joining instructions, along with two videos from the University of Gloucestershire to watch before the live webinar.

Stage three

A live webinar, hosted by us at British Equestrian and the University of Gloucestershire, will provide you with an overview of the programme, and the different parts of the Programme, academic content and support, study units, and wrap around. This will take place on Thursday 20 May from 13:00 to 15:00.

We would strongly recommend any coach considering the Level 4 Programme to watch these videos and participate in the webinar. If any coach is interested in the Level 4 programme but is unable to attend either of the webinars, we will make the presentations available to any who register. 

Level 4 Applications

Applications for the Level 4 2021 cohort are now live. Please download the application form below to apply. 

Level 4 Application form

Please return this form by email to
Application closing date: 12pm on 11 June 2021
Interviews will be held during the week commencing 5 July 2021

Level 4 coaches

British Equestrian 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
Cindy Russell Endurance GB 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
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
Erica Oldham British Showjumping 2020
Jonquil Hemming British Eventing 2020
Katie Williams British Eventing 2020
Jane Randall British Dressage 2020
Val Smyth British Horse Society  2020