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1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support

Qualification Number 600/4384/2
Guided Learning Hours 46
Total Qualification Time 130
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/4384/2
Entry age: 18+
Qualification Operational Start Date 05/01/2012
Qualification Review Date 30/06/2018
Qualification Specification Download

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.

Talented athletes need support to overcome the challenges they face both on and off the sports field, such as work, their family and social life, injury, illness and psychological issues, all of which can create conflict and put pressure on their training schedule and personal commitments. Developed in partnership with the Talented Athlete Scholarship Scheme (TASS), the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support provides learners with an introduction to the principles and practice of supporting and advising talented athletes in managing their personal development and lifestyle to balance with their sporting commitments. It has been designed to enable learners aged 18 and over to study both the theoretical and practical aspects of the support and advice process.

*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 at least 18 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • have attended a recognised child protection workshop
  • have completed and passed the UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) online workshop
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Learners must have access to an appropriate talented athlete for the four advice and support interventions, over a minimum of a three-month period.

1 Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.

The qualification is divided into the following units:


Accreditation No.




Support and advise talented athletes within a performance environment





Manage support networks for talented athletes within a performance environment





Support talented athletes through lifestyle change





Support talented athletes to understand their anti-doping responsibilities





Support and advise talented athletes to plan their careers




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.

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 Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach
  • internal and independent assessment tools.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Learner Portfolio
  • assessment tools
  • SkillsActive NOS for Personal Development of Athletes and Players
  • TASS Talented Athlete Lifestyle Support Resource.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [email protected]

This qualification sits on the RQF. Further information about the benefits of the framework can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learner Register. To be approved to offer this 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.