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ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF)

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    Teaching Swimming
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    Neil Longridge,swimnorthwest Region
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You must be at least 17 years of age at the start of the course.


In order to attend this qualification you must be holders of either:

o ASA UKCC L1 Award in Teaching Aquatics (QCF) - January 2011 onwards

o ASA UKCC L1 Certificate for Teaching Aquatics - 2006-2010

o ASA L1 Certificate for Teaching Swimming post 2002

o ASA Assistant Teacher Certificate (teaching aquatics) post Sept 1994

o NCTP Module 1 and 2 & QTS status and/or HLTA


Gained exemption prior to enrolment on the learning programme from the ASA

If you do not hold one of the above pre-requisites you will not be able to attend this course

If you are unsure if your qualification meets the pre-requisites then check with the IoS on 01509 640640

Please note:

If you have already completed an ASA Level 2 Certificate in a Coaching Discipline (QCF) since 2011 and are therefore looking to only book the technical units 205 - 208 of this qualification, please be advised that you will also be required to complete an additional 'core' unit 203.1

Please get in touch with IoS ( if this affects you and we will provide you with the necessary information.


Learners must hold an ASA Level 1 Award (QCF) in Teaching Aquatics (or equivalent). If you are looking to register and pay for the technical units 205 - 208 only, learners must hold an ASA Level 2 Award in the principles of Teaching/Coaching (QCF) (or equivalent) or have completed a QCF (or equivalent) Level 2 Certificate in another discipline.  Your original prerequisite certificate must be brought along with you to the course on the first day and be presented to the tutor.

Additional Important Information:

Learners will be required to provide formal identification and present this to the Course Tutor on the first day of the course. This should be photographic ID where possible, the following list details accepted forms of ID:

  • Passport
  • Driving license
  • ID card or other form of national ID
  • National Insurance Card
  • Photographic security pass for current place of employment
  • Armed Forces service ID
  • Re-enrolment of known student (record as ‘returning student’)
  • Exam certificate
  • Birth certificate (and corresponding marriage certificate if applicable)

We will also require learners to complete some documents and hand these to the tutor on or before the first day of the course, such as Emergency Contact Forms and Duty of Care forms (where applicable). These will be included in your final confirmation letter which we send to you approximately 2 weeks prior to the course start date.


201: Understanding the FUNdamentals of coaching/teaching sport

202: Understanding how to develop participants through coaching/teaching sport

203.1: Understanding the FUNdamentals of child development in coaching/teaching sport

204: Understanding the principles of evaluating coaching/teaching practice

205: Plan a series of aquatic teaching sessions

206: Prepare the aquatic teaching environment

207: Deliver a series of aquatic teaching sessions

208: Monitor and evaluate aquatic teaching sessions


Course dates: July 25th and August 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th 2015

Course times: 9am - 5pm (may change slightly)

Please note that there is a £20 late booking fee applicable to learners that book on after 11.7.15. This will be included in the course price total.

This course leads to a vocational qualification designed for you to learn how to effectively apply your skills, knowledge and understanding of teaching aquatics.
This qualification aims to provide and equip you, with the skills, knowledge, tools and techniques to effectively plan, prepare, deliver, monitor and evaluate aquatic teaching sessions.
This qualification is endorsed by UKCC and sits on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)
On successful completion of this qualification you should be able to:
  • Establish an effective, fair and equitable aquatic teaching environment
  • Establish a safe aquatic teaching environment
  • Review participants needs and establish goals for aquatic teaching sessions
  • Produce plans for sessions that support participants development
  • Plan for evaluation of aquatic sessions
  • Prepare participants for aquatic teaching sessions
  • Establish and maintain working relationships with participants and others
  • Deliver aquatic teaching sessions
  • Develop participants performance
  • Conclude aquatic teaching sessions
  • Evaluate participants performance and effectiveness of sessions
  • Monitor personal aquatic teaching practices
The qualification is assessed through a variety of methods and activities in the form of observation, written evidence and/or verbal discussion.  Your tutor will help you to understand the different sorts of evidence that are acceptable and appropriate, and what the methods of assessment to be used will be. 
Practical assessments will be conducted through observation in your natural working environment.
Recommended Reading
Further study

If you are successful in obtaining this qualification, you are eligible to seek teaching roles through employment or volunteering opportunities. You should look to develop your learning and knowledge of this discipline by working with other, more senior qualified, experienced teachers.

Your personal development options include

  1. To undertake some of the professional development seminars offered by the IoS
  2. To undertake a Level 1 Award in another sport
  3. To undertake an ASA UKCC Level 1 Award in another discipline
  4. To undertake an ASA UKCC Level 2 Certificate in another discipline
Course Syllabus

Further information for this particular qualification can be found here: Syllabus.


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This course provides all units for the following qualification:

ASA Level 2 Certificate in Teaching Aquatics (QCF)

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