1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Tennis

Qualification Number 601/1698/5
Guided Learning Hours 252
Total Qualification Time 470
SFA/LAD Funding Code 601/1698/5
Entry Age 16+
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/11/2013
Qualification Review Date 30/06/2021
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

Developed in partnership with British Tennis/the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Tennis develops creative and thoughtful practitioners capable of developing high quality players. In addition, it will help coaches develop their awareness and skills to better manage the difficult situations that are a feature of every coach’s day-to-day life. The programme requires learners to be assessed delivering coaching sessions in a real working environment, such as a tennis club.

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

To register for the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, learners are required to:

  • be accurately identified
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • be at least 16 years of age
  • hold one of the following awards or equivalent:
    + 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis or
    + The LTA ETTC, ECA or Part 1 Coaching Qualification or
    + 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Tennis and have (or have had) a WTA or ATP world ranking.
  • have (or have had) a rating of 6.1 or hold a Play Test Grade 1
  • have an accepted enhanced Disclosure Barring Service (DBS) and Barred list check through the LTA
  • have confirmation of attendance at a current First Aid at Work (FAW) or Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW), or will have successfully completed an Ofqual accredited Level 2 qualification in First Aid.

There are no additional pre-requisites to certification other then successful completion of the required assessments.

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Tennis, learners must successfully achieve a minimum of 47 credits. 42 credits will come from the 14 mandatory units with an additional five credits (minimum) being achieved from one of the optional units. This qualification is only available through the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Coaching, which is delivered by The Lawn Tennis Association.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Title Unit Reference Number Level GLHs Credit
Mandatory Units
Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice M/601/2108 2 13 2
Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Programmes T/601/3535 3 18 3
Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Programmes A/601/3536 3 18 3
Understanding How to Support Participants’ Lifestyle through Coaching Programmes F/601/3537 3 18 3
Analyse participant/s’ performance and set programme goals in tennis in the workplace L/503/7247 3 7 3
Plan coaching programmes in tennis in the workplace D/503/7253 3 15 5
Manage safe and effective tennis coaching programmes in the workplace K/503/7255 3 12 2
Deliver tennis coaching programmes in the workplace T/503/7260 3 20 20
Develop participant(s)’ performance in tennis in the workplace F/503/7262 3 32 5
Monitor and evaluate tennis coaching programmes in the workplace J/503/7263 3 14 3
Develop coaching practice in tennis in the workplace Y/503/7266 3 5 1
Deal with accidents and emergencies D/501/5138 2 14 2
Preparing to start a sports coaching business A/505/6750 3 10 1
Customer service in the Sport and Active Leisure industry H/601/7676 3 26 3
Optional Units (Learners must achieve a minimum of five credits)
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport D/502/4888 3 30 5
Enable disabled people to take part in activities D/601/5540 3 67 9
Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity F/503/0652 3 73 16

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.
  • LTA learner support resources, providing learners with further information, guidance and support to assist in developing their knowledge of coaching tennis at this level.

Plus, you can turn to our specialist team for support with confidence as you will have access to our responsive technical enquiry service, and regular support from an allocated external verifier.
For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements for centres when delivering, assessing and quality assuring the qualification, as well as the technical content/syllabus that must be covered

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

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Tennis Learner Pack and/or access to it via the LTA online learning platform

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.

This qualification is only available for delivery through the LTA. Please contact the LTA if you are interested in accessing this qualification.

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). To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can provide a valid ULN for every learner registration through the Learning Records Service (LRS). For more information about ULNs, the registration process and the LRS, please visit the Learning Records Service website or the Learning Records Service information page.