|Qualification Accreditation Number ||100/4181/3|
|Guided Learning hours (GLH) ||50 (20)|
|SFA/LAD Funding Code ||100/4181/3|
|Entry age: ||18 |
|National Diploma in Sport and Active Leisure ||Additional and Specialist Learning (ASL) Catalogue approved|
|Qualification Accreditation Start Date ||01/08/04|
|Qualification Accreditation End Date ||31/12/10|
|Certification End Date ||31/12/13|
|Qualification Structure ||See Structure|
|Supporting Materials ||See Materials|
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.
Developed in partnership with sports coach UK, and supported by SkillsActive and Lifelong Learning UK (LLUK), the 1st4sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport is designed to qualify your educator workforce (which might include coaches, match officials, those involved in sports development, outdoor education or sports students) to assess in total confidence, giving them everything they need to become a part of the education workforce legacy.
The qualification develops knowledge of how to plan, conduct and evaluate assessments in sport whilst providing a chance to demonstrate competence through realistic simulations. Those who qualify will be eligible, alongside their sport-specific and occupational competences, to assess sport-specific, vocationally related qualifications. The qualification is designed not only to test the educators’ assessment skills, but also to ensure they have the appropriate technical understanding at the correct level, so it typically can be used as a stepping stone to deployment within governing bodies of sport, assessing their UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) coach education training programmes and/or achievement of the LLUK units A1 (assess learners using a range of methods) and A2 (assess learners’ performance through observation).
Who is the Qualification for?
Anyone over 18 years of age, who wants to hone their skills in assessing vocational qualifications in sport. Tutors who are particularly passionate about maintaining the healthy nature of sport may see it as an ideal opportunity for their continued professional development (CPD) and as a way to develop their skills in the area of the assessment of others. Students in further or higher education, studying sports-related qualifications, should pursue this qualification to further progress their career.
Why Deliver this Qualification?
Benchmark qualifications for assessors
The 1st4sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport is being used by a growing number of governing bodies of sport as the benchmark qualification for assessors.
Meets UKCC requirements
The 1st4sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport has been specially designed to help sports meet the UKCC endorsement requirements to offer quality-assured training provision of coach education programmes.
Assessment of technical and qualification-specific skills
This qualification is designed to be delivered in a sport-specific environment and offers a very flexible tool that allows you to assess the coach educator's generic education skills and technical and qualification-specific understanding.
Gain accreditation for your existing workforce
The 1st4sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport allows you to develop, accredit and provide CPD for your existing, new and potential assessors within your centre.
Growth in the sector – a qualification that benefits UK sport as a whole
Being the host nation of the The London 2012 Olympic Games and Paralympic Games' the need for better qualified and skilled sports professionals has never been so high on the industry agenda. By delivering these qualifications you can play your part in helping to build a sporting workforce legacy up to, and after, this historic event.
The qualification can be used as a stepping stone to deployment within governing bodies and/or achievement of the LLUK units A1 (assess learners using a range of methods) and LLUK (assess learners’ performance through observation).
Apprenticeship Technical Certificates
Achievement of these qualifications will support staff in being better able to assess components of Apprenticeships.
*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 1st4sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport, it is recommended that learners are 18 years of age or above and have an appropriate vocational or competency-based qualification at least one level above that of the learner coaches they will be assessing.
This qualification comprises one unit, which is divided up into three elements
|Unit ||Unit Title ||Accreditation No.|
|1 ||1st4sport Level 3 Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport ||L/102/5509|
|Element No ||Element Title|
|1 ||Principles of Assessment Practice|
|2 ||Undertake Learner Assessments|
|3 ||Monitor, Review and Evaluate Progress|
There are 50 recommended learning hours for learners to complete the qualification, of which 20 are guided learning hours.
Unlike many other awarding bodies that just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:
- full and comprehensive learner packs,which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver the qualification
- tutor/assessor guidance notes,which include sample answers to support you when assessing your students
- qualification administration that is all carried out online, enabling you to process students quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your students accessible to you at the click of a mouse.
The qualification is supported by the following:
- the 1st4sport Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport Qualification Specification
- 1st4sport Qualifications generic guidance and administrative tools for recognised centres
- the 1st4sport Qualifications Education/Training Administration Guidance pack for IAPS
- the 1st4sport Introduction to Assessment Practice in Sport Learner Pack
Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre. Further information on fees is available from your qualification application form.
How do I Find Out More?
For more information on sports coach UK, the organisation that the 1st4sport Level 3 Introduction Certificate to Assessment Practice in Sport is developed in partnership with, please visit their website: www.sportscoachuk.org.
Contact details for 1st4sport Qualifications:
Off Amberley Road
Leeds LS12 4HP
Tel: 0113-290 7610
How to Apply
Organisations new to 1st4sport
If you are not already a 1st4sport recognised centre, you need to apply to become one. The first step is to check you can meet the Centre Recognition and Qualification Approval Criteria for this qualification and submit the forms to us.
You can find more information on this process by visiting: Five Steps to Becoming a 1st4sport Recognised Centre.
Please note: you will not be able to become recognised or approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.
Existing 1st4sport recognised centres
If you are already a 1st4sport recognised centre and would like to seek approval to deliver this qualification, please check that your centre can meet the Qualification Approval Criteria.
You can find more information on this process by visiting: Four Steps to Becoming Approved to Deliver an Additional Qualification.
Please note: you will not be able to become approved until you have confirmed that you can meet these criteria.