1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Bowls

Qualification Number
601/8837/6
GLH (TQT) 15 (41)
SFA/LAD Funding Code
601/8837/6
Entry age: 15
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/06/2016
Qualification Review Date 31/05/2019
Certification End Date 31/05/2020
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 2 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

To find out how to apply to deliver this qualification see the How to Apply section.

Developed in partnership with the National Source Group for Bowls**, the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Bowls is the first qualification on the bowls coaching ladder. The qualification provides learners aged 15 and over with an opportunity to study and be assessed on both the theoretical and practical aspects of coaching bowls. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of the principles of safe, ethical and effective coaching of bowls. The Award qualifies holders to assist other, more qualified coaches in the coaching of bowls to players of all ages, and to work specifically within a Play Bowls 4 Fun participation programme environment.


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

**The National Source Group for Bowls is composed of the constituent governing bodies for bowls in the UK (Bowls Development Alliance (BDA), English Indoor Bowling Association and Bowls England).

Prior to registration, learners must be:

  • a minimum of 15 years of age
  • able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Prior to certification, learners must be a minimum of 16 years of age.

Note: Prior to the commencement of the course, learners are encouraged to have been involved in the game of bowls in either a participant or coach capacity. On successful completion, learners are encouraged to seek BDA membership.

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 three mandatory components:

Unit Title Unit Reference Number Level GLHs
The role of the bowls session coach M/508/4433 1 5
The bowls session coach in practice T/508/4434 1 5
Technical coaching requirements for bowls A/508/4435 1 5

Unlike many other awarding bodies, who just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Portfolios, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • delivery, assessment and internal quality assurance  guidance, which include sample delivery models, exemplar answers to support you when assessing your students, and internal quality assurance templates and tools
  • 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 1 Award in Coaching Bowls Delivery, Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance Approach
  • internal assessment tools.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Bowls Learner Portfolio
  • internal assessment tools
  • BDA Learner Resource.

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. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

This qualification is delivered through a licensed workforce exclusively managed by the governing body of sport. 1st4sport is happy to direct any organisation aspiring to deliver this qualification to the governing body of sport, where appropriate, to facilitate access for learners to the qualification. Email us at [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 RQF 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.

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