Level 3

Course Information

Cost: £850

Duration: 13 modules delivered over a period of 10 months (6 modules delivered on a residential course)

Minimum Age: 18

Course Background

This course is the advanced level qualification for coaches operating in a high performance-level environment, within the overall Rugby League pyramid.

It is suitable for coaches that can demonstrate at least 2 years coaching experience in Rugby League, coach several times each week and have regular one-to-one contact with their player performers.

The course is suited to professional coaches, aspiring professional coaches or coaches working on the Rugby Football League's performance pathway.

The course is designed to enhance acquired coaching knowledge and experience.

The focus is on critically analysing Rugby League's positional specific demands within the high performance environment.

The principles of building and absorbing pressure in Rugby League are also covered.

What you will learn

  • How to establish and maintain a safe and effective coaching environment
  • Understanding performance analysis and setting appropriate goals
  • Principles of designing and planning in a coaching programme
  • Delivery of a coaching programme in the performance environment
  • Evaluation and development of the coaching programme

Course Exam/Certificate

In order to complete the qualification you must:

  • Attend all of the course hours
  • Successfully complete all practical observations on the course
  • Provide evidence of the completion of pre-course and on course tasks

Application Process

All candidates who wish to enrol on the Rugby Football League Level 3 Coaching qualification must apply using the RFL application pack, which can be found in the document below.

Acceptance on the programme is subject to having held a UKCC Level 2 qualification for a minimum of two years as well two years of demonstrable coaching practice.

Candidates must also complete the standard application pack which allows them to demonstrate their current skills and experience in coaching Rugby League.

It is essential that candidates at this level of coaching can demonstrate all their coaching and professional experience enabling RFL assessors to direct the candidate onto the most suitable programme.


Working Towards

On successful completion of the identified programme, you will be offered a place, subject to agreement, on the most suitable Level 3 programme.

This mutual agreement is considered to be working towards the Level 3 qualification.

The working towards statement covers a maximum period of two years on a Level 3 programme offered by the RFL.

This requires the candidate to complete all the necessary units/modules within the agreed time frame to achieve the Level 3 qualification.

Coaches wishing to/or working in the professional game are required to engage a sponsor/mentor who will verify their commitment to achieving the coaching programme within the agreed time frames.

For more information on coaching, contact

Alex Bentham, RFL Coach Education Business Administrator:

0113 8239198 | Alex.Bentham@rfl.co.uk