1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence

Qualification Number 601/7690/8
Guided Learning Hours (Total Qualification Time) 720 (960)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 601/7690/8
Entry Age: 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/09/2016
Qualification Review Date 30/09/19

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 Sports Performance and Excellence qualification provides a benefit to learners by developing knowledge, understanding and skills required to establish an academic and/or career pathway within the area of sport performance and excellence. Successful learners will be eligible to progress to higher education or alternatively they will be able to source employment or fulfil roles within the area.

Learners will develop the knowledge understanding and skills required to profile sport performers and develop a personal and professional development plan.

Learners will understand the sporting landscape, performance pathways and the impact of lifestyle and the media on sports performance. Learners will also study physiology, nutrition and psychology in a sports performance context. 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.

This qualification is designed to support the achievement the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme – a SkillsActive initiative which aims to support and nurture the talent of young sports performers who have been identified by their National Governing Body of Sport as a potential star of the future.

Download the Qualification Purpose Statement

Download the Qualification Specification

Letter of Support from CIMPSPA

Letter of Support from sports coach UK

Letter of Support from St Mary’s University, Twickenham

Letter of Support from the University of Gloucestershire

Letter of Support from the University of Worcester


*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 Coaching Sport 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 units:

Unit Title Accreditation No. Level GLH TQT
1 Apply physiology to sports performance L/507/8168 3 120 150
2 Apply nutrition to sports performance R/507/8169 3 90 120
3 Apply psychology to sports performance and excellence J/507/8170 3 120 150
4 Performance profiling for sport L/507/8171 3 120 150
5 The sporting landscape and performance pathways R/507/8172 3 90 120
6 The impact of lifestyle and the media on sports performance Y/507/8173 3 60 90
7 Apply research methods to sport performance and excellence D/507/8174 3 60 90
8 Enterprise and innovation in the sport and active leisure industry M/507/8132 3 60 90

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 Sports Performance and Excellence Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

For learners, the qualification is supported by the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Sports Performance and Excellence 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 qmt@1st4sportqualifications.com 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.