1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Basketball

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Qualification Number 600/0086/7
Guided Learning Hours 70
Total Qualification Time 180
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/0086/7

Entry Age

Qualification Operational Start Date 13/12/2010
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Certification End Date 31/12/2023
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.

Developed in partnership with the National Source Group for Basketball**, the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Basketball is designed to provide learners aged 18 and over with knowledge and understanding of the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching basketball. The level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will allow them to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective coaching of basketball over an extended period of time. Those who complete this Certificate will be able to deliver basketball coaching programmes to a variety of participants in an appropriate 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 Basketball is composed of the constituent governing bodies for basketball in the UK (England Basketball, basketballscotland and Basketball Wales).

Prior to registration, learners are required to:

  • be a minimum of 18 years of age
  • hold the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Basketball or equivalent
  • be coaching and training the same team in a club/team environment with regular training sessions and have competitive matches on a regular basis
  • have experience of coaching the same group of players for a full season within the past three years
  • have experience of coaching a variety of players in more than one element of the player pathway and at a variety of age groups
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

Prior to certification, learners are required to have evidence of having successfully attended:

  • the  UK  Coaching ‘Safeguarding and Protecting Children’ workshop or equivalent
  • an appointed person’s first-aid course or equivalent

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:

Unit Title Reference No. GLH Credit
1 Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice M/601/2108 13 2
2 Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Programmes T/601/3535 18 3
3 Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Programmes A/601/3536 18 3
4 Understanding How to Support Participants’ Lifestyle through Coaching Programmes F/601/3537 18 3
5 Analyse Participants’ Performance and Set Programme Goals in Basketball M/602/5845 5 1
6 Plan Coaching Programmes in Basketball F/602/5851 8 1
7 Manage Safe and Effective Basketball Coaching Programmes J/602/5852 12 2
8 Deliver Basketball Coaching Programmes Y/602/5855 15 2
9 Develop Participants’ Performance in Basketball H/602/5857 22 3
10 Monitor and Evaluate Basketball Coaching Programmes M/602/5859 6 1
11 Develop Coaching Practice in Basketball K/602/5861 5 1

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 Packs, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver 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 Coaching Basketball Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach
  • internal assessment tools.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Basketball Learner Pack
  • internal assessment tools.

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 are interested in offering this qualification, please contact [email protected]

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (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.