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Shotgun Coaching Award

Coaching Youngshot Shooting Behind 1The BASC shotgun coach – information

The BASC Shotgun Coach award will enable you to offer a service of practical shooting advice and tuition.

BASC realises that there is a demand for a formal training scheme for teachers of shotgun shooting for those who wish to appear as BASC coaches at shows and events and others who want to obtain the award purely for their own benefit.

To ensure standards of good practice are maintained, BASC Shotgun Coaches are required to re-accredit every three years by assessment if they want to continue as an accredited BASC Coach. In addition accredited coaches will be able to access continuous professional development provided by BASC.

Once you have completed the award, if you wish to further develop your knowledge, you may continue on to do Unit 9 of Edexcel Level 3 Award in Understanding the Principles and Practices of Learning and Development (QCF) – Facilitate learning and development for individuals.  The cost for this is not included in the cost of the BASC Shotgun Coach Award.

What makes a good coach?

To excel as a BASC Shotgun Coach you require the ability to identify the clients learning needs and provide motivational and constructive feedback to maximise their potential.

Registration pre-requisites

As a pre-requisite to registering for the BASC Shotgun Coaching Award, potential candidates must hold a current BASC Safe Shot Award, a BASC Shotgun Safety Officer (SSO) Qualification, and be a member of BASC.

Training with mentor team

The three day workshop will enable an assessment to be made of the mentoring required, based on your ability and experience. The days will consist of some intense training as a group and 1-1 training with the Mentors from the training team.

During the workshop you will work with different mentors to provide you with more rounded training and a greater understanding of the coaching role. You will also be assigned a Mentor for the purpose of your individual mentoring sessions.

Individual mentoring sessions

Following your successful completion of the course you will arrange your individual mentoring sessions with your assigned Mentor at a mutually agreed time and place. The six hours’ worth of mentoring sessions is included in the price of the course.


Having been put forward to Live Assessment you will be assessed by an Accredited BASC Shotgun Assessor who will observe your coaching ability.

The Award requires that you pass three assessments consecutively (other conditions apply). Any completed assessments are valid for two years.

Frequently asked questions

How much will it cost me to become a BASC Accredited Shotgun Coach?

The total cost of the award is £ 725.  This is payable in advance.

Do I need to prepare for the three day mentoring course?

There may be some requirement for pre course reading. This, along with other relevant materials, will be given to you well in advance.

You will be expected to cover some subjects that are not covered at the live events and you may be required to prove your knowledge in theory, for example, by planning a lesson. If you have any supporting documentation such as lesson plans or proofs of training you have received this would be useful for your portfolio.

What proof will I have of my new qualification?

BASC will provide you with a certificate, badge and skeet vest upon successful completion of the three assessments.

How long does the whole process take?

The idea of a student centred learning is for you to manage your own development with our assistance. It is possible to take time out at any time throughout the process providing it is agreed with BASC. We recommend that you plan on at least a minimum of one year from commencing to gaining the Award dependant on your commitment.

It is important that you gain as much coaching experience prior to and during the process to give you the skills and knowledge to progress.  It is also important to note that this award is demanding in respect of your time and effort to achieve the standard.

Is it possible to speed up the process?

It may be possible to speed up the process – in some extreme circumstances two or three assessments may be carried out at one live event. Much will depend on the individual student and their availability to commit to the process.

Is there a Shotgun Coaching Workshop close to me?

To register your interest in becoming a BASC Shotgun Coach please complete the form on our website where it says ‘No course in your area, click here to register your interest’ or contact Jane Hatton by calling 01244 573018 or email


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Cancellation Policy

Should there be insufficient bookings, BASC reserve the right to cancel the course. In the interests of fairness BASC will aim to provide candidates notification of cancellation as soon as possible prior to the advertised start date.

We strongly recommend that fees for any accommodation you book are refundable as BASC will not be responsible for any losses incurred by candidates.

If for any reason you cancel your place on the course then the following scale of charges may apply:-


Reallocation to another course (only available 8 weeks or more before the course start date)


Cancellation more than 8 weeks before the course start date

30% course cost

Cancellation less than 8 weeks but more than 4 weeks before the course start date

60% course cost

Cancellation less than 4 weeks before the course start date

100% course cost


Here are some recent comments by members who have participated in the BASC Shotgun Coaching programme:-

  • Why you became a coach

 “To put something back into the sport I love. I have always developed people and this was a way to continue in my retirement”

” I became a coach to give back as much as I could to allow others to enjoy a fabulous sport”

  •  What you think is good about the BASC Shotgun Coach Award

“The Coaching Programme is…Backed by a reputable organisation that works nonstop for the shooting community”

“The BASC coaching award is quantifiable, we teach a method that can be found anywhere that there is a qualified coach, it is measurable and the best”

 “Through achieving a qualification that recognises consistently high standards in shotgun coaching, BASC coaches are professional and promote exemplary practice in shotgun shooting”

  •  Finally the training and why you believe it’s the best

“Regular re-evaluation by Coaches that are themselves re-evaluated, thereby setting a standard second to none “what other organisations can boast this?”

“It is the best because you have to learn, it has to be earned, it is not a given award and improvement is continuous to enable a BASC Coach to be the Best”

“The thorough and transparent assessment process ensures that when qualified, coaches have demonstrated the skills and professionalism to deliver lessons to consistently high standards”

“I wanted to become a BASC shotgun coach to further my ambition of becoming a credible shooting instructor”

“Having the strong brand of BASC behind me as a shotgun coach helps my credibility enormously”

“The training provided by BASC is second to none. It is structured in a way that is flexible, easy to understand is also enjoyable”

“I consider the BASC to be a well-respected organisation within the shooting environment and am proud to be part of it. The training is well structured, strict and consistent. It’s not just a case of pay your money and we will give you a badge, you do have to work at getting the qualification.”

     and some further comments from our Shotgun Coach Award trainees   

“I wouldn’t say it was easy but it was certainly most worthwhile.  I’ve met some great people and made new friends and I get to introduce people to the sport I love”

“The whole experience is very rewarding and well earned”






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