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1st4sport Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Spectator Safety Management (QCF)

“1st4sport spectator safety qualifications provide us with an excellent training and assessment package that has made delivering the courses straightforward. We enjoy an excellent relationship with the team, in particular the EVs, who are always very helpful and provide a guiding presence.”

Peter Swordy, Head of Centre of Excellence, Wembley National Stadium Limited

“Introducing 1st4sport’s qualifications at Chelsea Football Club has moved stewarding to a new level.”

Jill Dawson,
Safety Officer,
Chelsea Football Club


Qualification Number 600/2789/7
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 58 (279–433)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/2789/7
Entry Age 18
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/08/11
Qualification Review Date 31/12/17
Certification End Date 31/12/20
Qualification Specification Download
Qualification Purpose Statement Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 5 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 with the support of industry experts, the 1st4sport Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Spectator Safety Management (QCF) is designed for those aged 18 years and over looking to gain a nationally regulated qualification in the area of spectator safety management. The qualification can be used to confirm learner competence when working at spectator events in a managerial position such as a safety officer (or recognised equivalent), or as an occupational progression from the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Certificate in Spectator Safety (QCF).

It is important to note that learners undertaking this qualification should be working in an appropriate capacity to generate the evidence required for the qualification.

This qualification will not be eligible for funding after 1 August 2014, unless delivered as part of an Apprenticeship Framework.

> Find out why Wembley National Stadium uses the 1st4sport Spectator Safety Suite.


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

To register for the 1st4sport Level 4 NVQ Diploma in Spectator Safety Management (QCF), learners are required to be 18 years of age and have the opportunity to generate appropriate evidence to meet the qualification’s requirements fully.

The qualification is divided into the following mandatory and optional unit groups. To qualify for certification, learners are required to complete all mandatory units and a minimum of two optional units.

Title Unit Reference No. Level GLHs Credit
Mandatory Units
1 Plan for the Safety of People Attending a Spectator Event T/503/1362 5 17 4
2 Ensure the Safety of People Attending a Spectator Event F/503/1364 5 52 14
3 Assist the Organisation to Develop and Implement Policies Y/502/9281 4 17 6
4 Manage Own Resources and Professional Development M/502/8458 4 20 5
5 Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues and Stakeholders A/502/9287 3 22 4
6 Provide Information to Support Decision Making F/502/9159 4 40 6
7 Provide Learning Opportunities for Colleagues K/602/1843 4 85 11
Optional Units (a minimum of two required)
8 Manage the Use of Physical Resources F/502/9680 3 29 7
9 Encourage Innovation in Own Area of Responsibility J/502/9289 4 22 4
10 Recruit, Select and Keep Colleagues H/602/1842 5 85 12
11 Allocate and Monitor the Progress and Quality of Work in Own Area of Responsibility M/602/1844 4 95 14
12 Facilitate Meetings F/502/9436 4 16 4
13 Provide Advice and Support for the Development and Implementation of Quality Policies H/502/9686 4 15 4
14 Implement Quality Assurance Systems L/502/9438 4 11 4
15 Monitor Compliance with Quality Systems J/502/9681 4 23 6
16 Manage a Project J/502/9678 4 26 6

Unlike many other awarding organisations, 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 and assess 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.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, 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.

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 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.