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The 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications and has been developed in partnership with British Tennis/the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA). This qualification is not available in Scotland, although an equivalent version will be available from the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA).

The 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis is regulated at Level 2 on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) and forms part of the LTA’s UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC) endorsed coach education programme. For further information on the regulated status of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, please log on to the Register of Regulated Qualifications website.

For further information on the UKCC, visit the UK Coaching website.

Prior to registration, you are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • hold one of the following qualifications or equivalent:
    • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis
    • LTA Tennis Assistants Certificate of Attendance
    • LTA Elementary Tennis Teachers Certificate (ETTC), Elementary Coaches Award (ECA) or Part 1 Coaching Qualification
    • Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) in PE
    • recognised Level 2 coaching qualification in another sport
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Prior to certification, you are required to:

  • hold the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis
  • have confirmation of attendance at a current appointed persons first aid course
  • have confirmation of receipt of a positive Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check via the LTA mechanism.

1 You 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 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis is aimed at tennis coaching assistants who want to improve their coaching skills and be able to work with groups of beginners on their own under the umbrella programme of a licensed coach.

The Diploma confirms that you can coach the skills and techniques of the sport of tennis, as identified in the Level 2 tennis Technical Syllabus, to groups of adults and children. The qualification is also the competence component option of the Intermediate Apprenticeship Framework for Coaching Tennis.

What can I use it for?

  • To gain paid or voluntary employment as a tennis coaching assistant.
  • As part of the development of a credible CV for employment in the active leisure, learning and well-being industry.
  • As a stepping stone to the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis.

On successful completion of the Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis, you should be able to:

  • organise competitions for groups of beginners
  • coach groups of beginners using differentiated equipment
  • plan and deliver linked and progressive lessons to groups of adults and children
  • give advice on tactical and technical improvement to groups of adults and children.

How will my learning programme be structured?

As this is a work-based qualification, a prescribed learning programme is not deemed to be appropriate. However, as the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis is embedded within this qualification, the learning programme for the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis is seen as an essential foundation.

The 1st4sport external verifier will look to see that the recognised centre has provided you with an effective learning needs analysis and a programme of learning and assessment that meets your needs, place of work and work programme. It is expected that your progress and assessment plan will be reviewed on a regular basis in line with good practice in assessment.

The 1st4sport Level 2 Diploma in Coaching Tennis can only be achieved via a 1st4sport recognised centre. The qualification is designed to be delivered via a mixture of tutor-delivered sessions, directed activities and evidence gathering for assignments in the workplace via the combination of:

  • attendance at an induction that will provide you with an introduction to the qualification and guidance on its requirements, including evidence gathering and assessment
  • a balanced programme of training and workplace experience that will cover all units of the qualification
  • assessed components, including the completion of workplace assessments such as observations and assignments/tasks, covering all units of the qualification.

The following methods will be used to assess you during your achievement of the qualification:

  • portfolio of evidence
  • task-based controlled assessment
  • knowledge assessments
  • observations of your tennis coaching programmes in the workplace.

There is no requirement for you to complete the qualification unit by unit. Rather, workplace assessments are designed to gather valid evidence of work activities that may generate evidence of competence that can be credited towards a number of units. Likewise, if the programme of delivery offers a holistic approach, there is the potential that the guided learning hours per unit may be decreased across the whole programme.

Recognised centres are encouraged to devise economical assessments that best reflect learners’ normal working environments.

Recognised centres offering this qualification determine their own fees, and they will vary from centre to centre. The fees charged should entitle you to a programme of learning and assessment, registration and certification for the qualification, a 1st4sport Learner Pack and appropriate learning resources. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre. Opportunities for funding may be available via a recognised centre, if you are eligible.

The qualification is only delivered by 1st4sport recognised centres, not all of which offer open courses to members of the public. Your first port of call to access a course is to check the Coaches section of the LTA website.