Applications for the Level 3 Referee Award 23/24 have now closed. More information about the course can be found below.

Aimed at referees who want to progress from local or junior national league to senior National League games. The course gives you practical knowledge on game administration and refereeing in games of a higher standard. To be considered for the Level 3 Award, you must meet the pre requisites and requirements below.


October 2023 to May 2024


The cost to enrol on the course is £110. 


  • You must have been a Level 2 referee for at least two years, and have refereed during that time.

  • Your regional referee coordinator (details found at the bottom of this webpage) must verify your application. They may consult with senior referees or other local referee co-ordinators to inform this decision.

  • You must be 18 years of age to take part in the course.

Learner Requirements

  • Sign up and pay for the course by completing the Online Technical Course Sign Up form
  • Complete 12 game evaluations, 2 per month. from October to March and add this to your portfolio
  • Organise and attend a 1:1 meeting with your personal Referee Coach each month from October to March
  • Attend 4 x education sessions (virtual sessions)
  • Attend monthly virtual meetings with your Coaching Group 
  • Successfully complete the online theory examinations
  • Attend 1 x 5-hour practical learning session (at various locations around the country)
  • Attend a summer development camp (optional)
  • Referee a number of practice games to prepare for your assessment games. Seek feedback from more senior referees
  • Have the ability to record, clip footage and add commentary to footage

You will be placed in a coaching group and be assigned a Referee Coach who is available to support your learning and development.

Your portfolio will be in the Hive Learning online platform where you will have access to additional resources.

The learner will need access to a laptop or computer to complete the online work required.

Education Sessions

You are required to attend a number of education sessions during the course which will be delivered online. These sessions will cover topics outlined in the course syllabus.

The learner will need access to a laptop, computer or smart device to complete the online sessions.

Education & Theory Examination

Candidates will receive a number of education sessions during the season which will be delivered online.

You will also be placed in a coaching group, where you will have a Referee Coach available to support you, whilst working with peers.

There will be a theory examination which will consist of:

  • 25 Rules Test Questions (Yes/No) - 80% pass mark

  • 8 Video Test Questions (Multiple Choice) - 75% pass mark

  • 5 Mechanics Questions (Multiple Choice) - 80% pass mark

Practical Learning Session

You are required to take part in a 5-hour practical learning session organised by Basketball England. This session will be led by a BE approved Referee Tutor.

For this session, you will be on-court working through the different game scenarios relating to mechanics and play calling, fouls and violations.

When attending the practical learning session you will need to bring with you:

  • A whistle
  • Sportswear and training shoes
  • Food and refreshments

Games & Events

Should you be accepted onto the Level 3 assessment phase, you will be expected to be available to referee in the senior national leagues upon appointment from Basketball England. You will be assigned to games as a Group C referee.

Referee Coaches will be assigned to a number of your games and provide feedback on your performance. These assessments will form a large part of whether you are deemed competent to achieve this award.

Dependent on performance and the number of referees on the award, we may invite you to a number of events including and not limited to:

  • Sureshot Junior National Cup Finals - January 2024

  • Academy Finals - March 2024

  • Dynamik National School Finals - April/May 2024

  • Junior Final Fours - May 2024

Candidates are encouraged to supplement their learning by attending one of Basketball England's endorsed development camps, details of which can be found here. Camp costs are not included in the level 3 award fee.


At the end of the assessment period, the Delivery Manager will communicate with your Referee Coach, and anyone else deemed necessary and make one of the following recommendations:

  1. Award you the Level 3 qualification

  2. Extend your assessment period

  3. Not competent, able to reapply when the course next opens

Should you wish to appeal this recommendation, you may do this within 10 business days of notification stating your reason(s). Your appeal will be reviewed by the Delivery Manager with any of the program lead(s).

Regional Referee Coordinators

Below is the list of the current Regional Referee Coordinators. If you need contact information for your Regional Referee Coordinator, please email [email protected].

East – Sean Worrall

East Midlands – Alison Muir

London – John Letizia

North East – Jonpaul Heron

North West – Kate Lewis

South – Ian Lester

South East – Nik Bedwell

South West – Richard Stokes

West Midlands – TBC (apply direct and BE will check with senior referees in your area)

Yorkshire – TBC (apply direct and BE will check with senior referees in your area)