Boccia Level 1

1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia

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Qualification Number 600/0490/3
Credit Value (Guided Learning Hours) 7 (15–48)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/0490/3
Entry age: 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/04/2011
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Certification End Date 31/12/2021
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 Boccia**, the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia is the first qualification on the boccia coaching ladder. The qualification is designed to provide learners aged 16 and over with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching boccia. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of boccia. Those who complete this Award will be able to assist other, more qualified coaches in delivering boccia coaching sessions to players of all ages.

*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 Boccia is composed of Boccia England, Scottish Disability Sport, Boccia Northern Ireland, Sport Wales and GB Boccia.


Learners are required to:

  • be a minimum of 16 years of age prior to registration
  • have attended an accredited child protection workshop or equivalent prior to certification.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Reference number GLH Credit
101 Understanding the fundamentals of coaching sport D/601/3531 6 1
102 Understanding the principles of planning coaching activities in sport H/601/3532 10 1
103 Understanding the principles of conducting coaching activities in sport K/601/3533 10 1
104 Understanding the principles of evaluating coaching activities in sport M/601/3534 7 1
105 Planning Boccia Coaching Activities Y/502/9037 5 1
106 Conducting Boccia Coaching Activities H/502/8957 5 1
107 Evaluating Boccia Coaching Activities M/502/8959 5 1

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 1 Award in Coaching Boccia Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance to Delivery
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance to Assessment
  • assessment tools.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Boccia  Learner Pack
  • assessment tools
  • Boccia Handbook
  • CD-ROM.

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.

Organisations are unable to apply to become recognised and approved to deliver this qualification unless the governing body has granted permission, please contact Boccia England in the first instance.

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 Learning Records Service website.

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