1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling

Qualification Accreditation Number 501/2063/3
Guided Learning (Credit) 45 (7)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 501/2063/3
Entry age: 14
Qualification Accreditation Start Date 01/09/2010
Implementation Start Date 01/01/2011
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2019
Certification End Date 31/21/2020
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 UK Source Group for Cycling**, the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling is a vocational qualification that provides learners with an introduction to the principles/practice of safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of cycling sessions to adults and young people using activities included in the British Cycling Go-Ride Gears 1 and 2 Coaching Workbook.

The award offers an opportunity for aspiring cycling coaches to support the development of cycling by contributing to administration, management and/or coaching in school- or community-based cycling clubs. The qualification is a component of the sport’s UKCC-endorsed coach education programme.


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

**The UK Source Group for Cycling is composed of the constituent national governing bodies (NGBs) for cycling in the UK (British Cycling, Scottish Cycling and Welsh Cycling). The NGBs are committed to providing services to cycling.

Learners are required to:

  • be at least 14 years of age*
  • hold a current Health and Safety Executive approved emergency first-aid certificate, or equivalent, that involves a minimum of six hours’ training.

*Learners who achieve the qualification and are below the age of 18 years of age are required to be directly supervised by a qualified coach who is over 18 years of age.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Title Accreditation Number Guided Learning Hours 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 Cycling Coaching Activities Y/602/5371 4 1
106 Conducting Cycling Coaching Activities M/602/5375 5 1
107 Evaluating Cycling Coaching Activities A/602/5377 3 1

Unlike many other awarding bodies, 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 the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your students
  • qualification administration that is available online, 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
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling Qualification Specification, outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling Learner Pack
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Cycling Learner Support Resources CD
  • British Cycling learner support resources.

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.

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If you would like to offer 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 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.