1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling (QCF)

The qualification is designed to provide you with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching cycling. The foundation level of knowledge and skills developed by British Cycling will enable you to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of cycling to riders of all ages. The qualification is composed of seven mandatory units giving you seven credits.
 
The qualification is recognised as the industry standard level 1 qualification for coaching cycling by the national governing body for cycling in the UK: British Cycling. British Cycling is also the professional body for cycling coaches, providing services and support to those who hold this and other cycling qualifications.
 
It is also recognised by and has the support of a range of employers, including the Cycling Clubs, Bikeability Schemes in England, schools and colleges, as the sole qualification for those looking to begin a career in coaching cycling. The qualification is also endorsed by the lead agency for coaching, UK Coaching, as meeting its UKCC criteria.
 
The qualification is designed to prepare aspiring coaches for employment in paid or voluntary roles that will enable you to assist other more qualified coaches in delivering cycling coaching sessions to riders of all ages. For those with limited experience of the sport, or coaching it is the first rung on the cycling coaching career ladder.
 
You don’t need to hold any specific qualifications to access a programme of training for this qualification; however you do need to be 14 years of age and hold a current Health and Safety Executive approved emergency first-aid certificate, or equivalent, that involves a minimum of six hours’ training.
This qualification leads to paid or voluntary roles in coaching the sport of cycling in schools, colleges and local cycling clubs. The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used enable you to progress to other industry-relevant qualifications in coaching other sports, activity leadership, supporting PE in schools sport and sports development.
 
Following a period of practice as a qualified Level 1 coach, you may also choose to follow a programme of training for the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Cycling or such qualifications as the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport.

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 Qualifications’ Learner Pack and appropriate learning resource. For further information on the costs of courses, please contact a recognised centre.