|Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours)||14 (75)|
|SFA/LAD Funding Code||600/0374/1|
|Apprenticeships||Knowledge component of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development|
|Qualification Operational Start Date||04/01/2011|
|Qualification Operational End Date||31/12/2015|
|Certification End Date||31/12/2018|
|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.
The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Managing Sports Volunteers (QCF) is for anyone over 16 years old who manages sports volunteers (directly or indirectly) and is responsible for club development, volunteer management and support; for example:
- governing body of sport volunteer managers
- county sports partnership managers
- local authority sports development officers
- further education/higher education volunteer managers.
The qualification explores the principles of managing volunteers in sport. As a result, learners will be able to make a more positive contribution to their organisation by being able to:
- develop sports volunteers, including managing other people and overcoming the challenges this can create
- monitor and evaluate services, understand budgeting and funding, use policy and law
- assess/improve clubs’ engagement with their community.
This qualification is part of a suite professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Managment of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMPSA), ideal in supporting an individual's personal and proffesional development within the industry.
*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.
Learners are required to be a minimum of 16 years of age and have experience of working with volunteers, or as a volunteer, prior to attending the learning programme.
The qualification is divided into the following units:
|Unit Title||Recognition No.||GLH||Credit|
|1||Managing Your Role as a Sports Volunteer Manager||M/502/8525||18||3|
|2||Managing Sports Volunteers||A/502/8530||25||5|
|3||Managing Resources in Support of Sports Volunteers||H/502/8537||20||4|
|4||Managing a Sports Volunteers Community||K/502/8538||12||2|
Unlike many other awarding bodies, who 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 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 Certificate in Managing Sports Volunteers (QCF) Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance
- 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Managing Sports Volunteers (QCF) Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance to Assessment
- internal assessment tools.
For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:
- 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Managing Sports Volunteers (QCF) Learner Pack
- internal assessment tools.
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 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.