1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities

Qualification Number 601/7671/4
Guided Learning Hours (Total Qualification Time) 750 (1020)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 601/7671/4
Entry Age: 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/09/2016
Qualification Review Date 30/09/2019

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

The 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities provides a benefit to learners by developing knowledge, understanding and skills required to establish an academic and/or career pathway within the sport and physical activity sector. Successful learners will be eligible to progress to higher education or alternatively they will be able to source employment within the sector.

Learners will develop the knowledge understanding and skills required to plan, deliver and evaluate sport and physical activity programmes within a physical education, school sport and a community setting; applying scientific knowledge related to physiology, nutrition and psychology. Finally, learners will develop key transferable research skills whilst also being offered the opportunity to understand and engage with innovation and enterprise within the sector.

The qualification structure and content is designed specifically to enable successful learners to contribute to local and national initiatives prioritising on active and healthy lifestyles in line with the Sport England Participation Agenda and other health and active lifestyle initiatives.

Examination Windows 2017/18

The ACTIVTECH Qualifications Assessment Windows for 2017/18 year are:

  • Assessment Window 1 2017/18 – Week commencing November 20th – 24th November and week commencing November 27th – 1st December 2017
  • Assessment Window 2 2017/18 – Week commencing 30th April – 4th May and week commencing 7th May – 11th May 2018.

As part of our Examinations process we require all centres to give us 20 working days’ notice of learners they intend to enter for the external assessment/exams within the Assessment Window. 

Download the Qualification Purpose Statement

Download the Qualification Specification

Download the St Mary’s University, Twickenham Letter of Support

Download the University of Gloucestershire Letter of Support

Download the University of Worcester Letter of Support

Download the Hartpury College UWE Letter of Support

Download the afPE Letter of Support

Download the UK Coaching (formerly sports coach UK) Letter of Support


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Prior to registration for the qualification learners are required to:

  • be accurately identified
  • be at least 16 years of age
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

It is recommended that learners hold five GCSEs grades A*-C or 9-4 or the 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Sports Coaching and Instructing Physical Activities, which provides direct progression onto this qualification. It would be beneficial for learners to have studied human biology/physiology or physical education previously, but this is not essential.

The qualification is divided into the following eight mandatory units:

Unit Title Accreditation No. Level GLH TQT
1 Apply physiology to sport and physical activity D/507/8126 3 120 150
2 Apply nutrition to sport and physical activity H/507/8127 3 90 120
3 Apply psychology to sport and physical activity T/507/8133 3 120 150
4 Develop the community through sport and physical activity K/507/8128 3 60 90
5 Design and deliver sport and physical activity programmes M/507/8129 3 120 150
6 Deliver physical education and school sport H/507/8130 3 1200 180
7 Apply research methods for sport and physical activity K/507/8131 3 60 90
8 Enterprise and innovation in the sport and active leisure industry M/507/8132 3 60 90

Learners must successfully complete all units to achieve the qualification. Successful learners will be awarded a grade of Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Unlike many other awarding organisations, which just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you.

  • full and comprehensive Learning and Assessment Portfolios, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • delivery, assessment and quality assurance guidance notes, which include units of work, lesson plans and tutor PowerPoint presentations alongside sample answers to support you when assessing your learners
  • online qualification administration, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

For learners, the qualification is supported by the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activities Learning and Assessment Portfolios.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Portfolio, learning resources and a certificate. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre. Further information on fees is available in your qualification application pack.

If you are interested in applying for centre recognition or Qualification Approval for this qualification, please email [email protected] for further details

This qualification sits on the NQF. Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for NQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this NQF qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learner Register. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.