|Qualification Accreditation Number ||501/1817/1|
|Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours): ||7 (45)|
|SFA/LAD Funding Code ||501/1817/1|
|Entry Age: ||18|
|National Diploma in Sport ||Expected to be included in additional and specialist learning (ASL) catalogue at next submission date|
|Qualification Accreditation Start Date ||01/09/2010|
|Qualification Accreditation End Date ||28/02/2015|
|Certification End Date ||28/02/2016|
|Qualification Structure ||See Structure|
|Supporting Materials ||See Materials|
This qualification is equivalent to Level 2 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 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) provides learners who are over 18 years of age with an introduction to the principles/practice of safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of rugby union to adults and young people, as an assistant, normally under the supervision of a Level 2 qualified coach. Developed in partnership with the National Source Group for Rugby Union1, the Award offers an opportunity for aspiring rugby union coaches to be supported in developing their knowledge of how to effectively coach a local club or school team, and is a component of the sport’s UKCC-endorsed coach education programme.
An equivalent version of the qualification is available in Scotland, awarded by SQA.
1The UK Source Group for Rugby Union is composed of the constituent national governing bodies (NGBs) for rugby union in the UK (The Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union and the Welsh Rugby Union).
*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.
Due to the level of responsibility of a qualified coach of rugby union operating at this level in the full-contact game, learners are required to be over 18 years of age before registration for the qualification and provide evidence of having completed the IRB Rugby Ready course within the previous 18 months.
Learners under 18 years of age wishing to engage with the sport are encouraged to consider the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Leadership through Rugby Union (QCF), available to 14–19-year-olds.
The qualification is divided into the following units:
|Title ||Accreditation Number ||Level ||Guided Learning Hours ||Credit|
|101 ||Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport ||D/601/3531 ||1 ||6 ||1|
|102 ||Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Activities in Sport ||H/601/3532 ||1 ||10 ||1|
|103 ||Understanding the Principles of Conducting Coaching Activities in Sport ||K/601/3533 ||1 ||10 ||1|
|104 ||Understanding the Principles of Evaluating Coaching Activities in Sport ||M/601/3534 ||1 ||7 ||1|
|105 ||Planning Rugby Union Coaching Activities ||M/602/5392 ||1 ||4 ||1|
|106 ||Conducting Rugby Union Coaching Activities ||T/602/5393 ||1 ||5 ||1|
|107 ||Evaluating Rugby Union Coaching Activities ||A/602/5394 ||1 ||3 ||1|
Unlike many other awarding bodies, which 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 available online, 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
- 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) Qualification Specification, outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification.
For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:
- 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) Learner Workbook
- 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union (QCF) Learner Support Resources CD
- 3 Unions Coaching Level 1 Technical DVD in Coaching Rugby Union
- 3 Unions Coaching Level 1 Rugby Union Coaching Handbook
- IRB Laws of the Game
- sports coach UK Code of Practice for Coaches.
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 in your qualification application pack.
How to Apply
Organisations are unable to apply to become recognised and approved to deliver this qualification unless the governing body has granted permission, please contact the RFU in the first instance.
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.
This qualification sits on the new QCF. Further information about the benefits of the new framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.
All learners being registered for QCF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this QCF 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.