1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Judo

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Qualification Accreditation Number 600/4899/2
Pathway Unit Number D/501/9593
Guided Learning 86
Total Qualification Time 140
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/4899/2

Entry Age

Qualification Operational Start Date 01/04/2012
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2018
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 Judo, the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Judo offers coaches a progression from the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Judo to enable them to profile judo players and develop annual training programmes that are appropriate to the players’ needs and level of performance. It builds on the Level 2 qualification, providing the advanced level of knowledge needed for more senior coaches who may be involved in regional coaching. It also aims to enable learners to create an effective coaching environment, establish supportive working relationships and manage the behaviour of participants and others.

Who is the Qualification for?

Anyone over 21 years of age, who holds a minimum British Judo Association (BJA) Grade of 1st Dan, or equivalent via the BJA technical grading assimilation process, and would like to develop and improve his or her coaching skills in the sport of judo. Existing holders of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Judo may decide that they wish to develop their knowledge and coaching skills to enable them to profile judo players and develop annual training programmes. Students in further or higher education, studying sports-related coaching qualifications, should pursue this qualification as a valuable addition to their portfolio of coaching skills.

Why Deliver this Qualification?

Improves the level of judo coaching you are able to deliver

The advantages to judo clubs of having a coach who is competent in profiling players and writing longer-term training programmes are significant. They include a likely increase in the players’ rate of progression and an improvement in the coach-player relationship.

Raises the profile of the judo club

Being able to profile players and offer personalised training programmes will increase kudos in the local area and could lead to increased membership.

Developed with the National Source Group for Judo

This qualification has been developed with the National Source Group for Judo, which is made up of representatives from the home country governing bodies of sport (GBS) for judo – the BJA, the Welsh Judo Association, JudoScotland and the Northern Ireland Judo Federation.

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

Learners are required to:

  • be at least 21 years of age
  • hold a minimum BJA Grade of 1st Dan, or equivalent via the BJA technical grading assimilation process
  • a minimum of two years’ experience of regular judo coaching
  • ideally hold the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Judo or a BJA-recognised equivalent, such as the BJA Level 2 Coaching Award.

NB: While the qualification prerequisites are based around the GBS grading systems, judo players from other bodies are able to apply for their belt/grade to be mapped over to the GBS grades for suitability. This incurs a fee that is set by the GBS, not 1st4sport. Further information can be found at: http://www.britishjudo.org.uk/technical/coaching_home.php.

The qualification is divided into the following eleven mandatory units:

Unit No Unit Title Accreditation No. Level Credit GLH
1 Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice M/601/2108 2 2 13
2 Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Programmes T/601/3535 3 3 18
3 Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Programmes A/601/3536 3 3 18
4 Understanding How to Support Participants’ Lifestyle through Coaching Programmes T/601/3537 3 3 18
5 Analyse player(s)’ performance and set programme goals in judo T/602/5510 3 2 5
6 Plan coaching programmes in judo A/601/5511 3 2 8
7 Manage safe and effective judo coaching programmes F/602/5512 3 2 12
8 Deliver judo coaching programmes J/602/5513 3 3 15
9 Develop player(s)’ performance in judo L/602/5514 3 3 22
10 Monitor and evaluate judo coaching programmes R/602/5515 3 2 6
11 Develop coaching practice in judo Y/602/5516 3 1 5

Due to the holistic delivery of this qualification, there are 86 guided learning hours for learners to complete the qualification, and learners will achieve 26 credits.

Unlike many other awarding bodies that 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 all carried out online, enabling you to process students quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your students 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 Judo Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach
  • internal and independent assessment tools
  • BJA Health and Safety Guidelines for Judo Coaches.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Judo Learner Pack
  • internal and independent assessment tools
  • Coaching Handbook
  • BJA Health and Safety Guidelines for Judo Coaches.

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.

How do I Find Out More?

For more information on the organisations that the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Judo was developed in partnership with, please visit their respective websites at:
British Judo Association – www.britishjudo.org.uk
JudoScotland – www.judoscotland.com
Welsh Judo Association – www.welshjudo.com
Northern Ireland Judo Federation – www.nijf.org

This qualification is only available through the British Judo Association. Please visit www.britishjudo.org.uk/my-judo/coaching for more details.

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.

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