The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport (QCF) is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications and has been developed in partnership with industry experts in the area of coaching sport and SkillsActive – the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport (QCF) is regulated at Level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) and forms part of all UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) endorsed coaching qualifications at Level 2. For further information on the regulated status of the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport (QCF), please log on to The Register of Regulated Qualifications website. For further information on the UKCC, visit www.sportscoachuk.org.
If you are over 14 years of age and have an interest in coaching sport, then the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport(QCF) is designed for you.
It forms part of a structured and progressive programme for understanding the principles of coaching sport and supports all UKCC sport-specific coaching qualifications, offering you access and involvement in introducing others to the sport.
What can I use it for?
- To support progression towards the achievement of a sport-specific UKCC coaching qualification.
- As part of the development of a credible CV for employment in the sport, recreation and allied occupations industry.
- As a stepping stone to the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport (QCF).
On successful completion of the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport (QCF), you should:
- understand the fundamentals of coaching sport
- understand how to develop participants through coaching sport
- support participants’ lifestyles through coaching sport
- understand the principles of safe and equitable coaching practice.
How will my learning programme be structured?
Learning programmes are usually designed by the recognised centre that delivers the qualification. They may, therefore, vary in length and format. Depending on your needs, delivery centres can offer intensive courses, or a series of learning events, over a period of weeks. Whatever the timescale, all learning programmes should include the following phases:
- an induction to the qualification and your programme of learning and assessment
- a learning programme that meets your needs, focusing on the theory and practice of coaching sport
- a programme of assessment, spread throughout the course, including observations of your coaching by an appropriately qualified assessor.
At the end of the programme, you will be provided with formal feedback on your performance and an action plan for your further development.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in the Principles of Coaching Sport (QCF) assessment will require you to:
- understand the role of a sports coach
- understand the coaching process
- understand how different coaching styles can support different participant learning styles
- understand the importance of communication when coaching sport
- understand the health and safety requirements when coaching sport
- have an understanding of safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
- understand the requirements for equality and diversity when coaching sport
- understand sports science which supports the coaching role
- understand nutrition and hydration principles that support participant achievement
- understand the impact of taking drugs in sport
- be able to deliver a series of sessions contained within a coaching programme.
Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees, and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification and a 1st4sport Learner Pack. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre. Opportunities for funding may also be available via a recognised centre, if you are eligible.
The qualification is only delivered by 1st4sport Qualifications’ recognised centres, not all of which offer open courses to members of the public. Your first port of call to access a course is to check the recognised centre finder.