Principles of Coaching Sport

1st4sport Principles of Coaching Sport Suite (QCF)

The 1st4sport Principles for Coaching Sport Suite of qualifications provides your learners, aged 14 years and over, with the knowledge needed to develop their confidence and start them on the road to an engagement with coaching sport.

Utilising the QCF common-knowledge units for coaching, learners gain the required generic knowledge at an appropriate level that all sports coaches need to plan, conduct and evaluate safe and effective coaching activities (Level 1), sessions (Level 2) and programmes (Level 3) in sport. This includes:

  • fundamentals of coaching sport
  • principles of planning, conducting and evaluating coaching
  • supporting participant development
  • principles of safe and equitable coaching practice.

The qualifications will also provide the foundation for all UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) sport-specific coaching programmes.

The suite comprises:

The suite is for anyone over the age of 14, who has an interest in becoming a sports coach.

Opens the door of sport to your learners

They provide an excellent way to develop your learners’ knowledge and understanding of coaching, which can support progression to UKCC sport-specific programmes.

Save time with flexible delivery options

Should you or a governing body of sport wish to offer a sport-specific coaching course to learners, you can now support the option of delivering the generic content, enabling the governing body of sport to focus on the sport-specific content, which could save you both time and money.

The coaching experts

As with all 1st4sport qualifications, we work in partnership with industry experts to develop the most meaningful and relevant qualifications that meet end-user needs. Our partnerships include:

  • The Football Association (The FA)
  • Rugby Football Union (RFU)
  • Lawn Tennis Association (LTA)

…and many more others.

Make best use of recognition of prior learning

Once these qualifications are attained, it can be used as recognition of prior learning (RPL), meaning learners only have to cover generic coaching content at level once, rather than duplicate it.

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 the qualification you are interested in delivering 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 the qualification you are interested in, 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 QCF. Further information about the benefits of the 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.