1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning

Qualification Accreditation Number 500/7423/4
Guided Learning Hours 61
Total Qualification Time 80
SFA/LAD Funding Code 500/7423/4
Entry age: 16+
Apprenticeships Employee rights and responsibilities component of all Advanced Apprenticeships
Qualification Start Date 01/09/2009
Qualification Review Date 30/04/2019
Certification End Date 30/04/2022
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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.

The 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning provides your learners with the confidence to make informed decisions about vocational and career progression routes. The qualification supersedes the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Industry and Organisational Awareness for the Active Leisure and Learning Industry, providing learners with an appropriate depth of knowledge about:

  • employment rights and responsibilities
  • the active leisure and learning sector
  • the employing organisation.

The qualification fits into existing apprenticeship schemes as the employee rights and responsibilities component of all Advanced Apprenticeships in the active leisure and learning sector, ensuring a healthy demand, but can also be delivered as a stand-alone qualification outside an advanced apprenticeship.

Who is the Qualification for?

Anyone over the age of 16 who is looking to learn more about employment opportunities in the sector. Those studying sports-related courses will also find this qualification useful in giving them a better understanding of the industry and their employment rights and responsibilities. In particular, anyone pursuing a relevant advanced apprenticeship will need to complete the qualification, as the mandatory technical certificate for advanced apprenticeships for the sector.

Why Deliver this Qualification?

Removal of independent assessment component

The previous qualification, the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Industry and Organisational Awareness for the Active Leisure and Learning Industry, had three components: tutor input, internal assessments and independent assessments. To meet this standard centres delivering the qualification needed a minimum of one tutor/internal assessor (they could be the same person) and one independent assessor. The 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Learning and Leisure now only has two components: tutor input and assessment. To meet this standard centres delivering the qualification only need one person that can deliver and assess.

This means you can:

  • reduce delivery and assessment costs – saving you money of having to pay someone to carry out the independent assessment
  • save time as the tutor and delivery can be done side by side to the completion of the qualification
  • increase achievement rates of the qualification

The removal of this component also makes the qualification even more stream line and puts less burden on the amount of work the learner has to complete.

User-friendly qualification

The qualification standards have recently undergone a redevelopment and been dramatically reduced. This took into account research and feedback from industry experts, employees and employers and was conducted by SkillsActive, the sector skills council. As a consequence, the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Learning and Leisure has been streamlined to fulfil the requirements of the industry, allowing for more user-friendly qualification.

Excellent support

We provide excellent supporting materials and learning resources to make teaching and learning as simple as possible for you. For more information on the support available, please see Materials.

Delivery of advanced apprenticeships simplified

We can offer you more than the employee rights and responsibilities component of advanced apprenticeships. We can provide you with qualifications to make up a complete apprenticeship package, or a significant part of one, which makes administrating, assessing and delivering your apprenticeships easier. If you would like to know more about how we can help you deliver your apprenticeships, please visit our Apprenticeships page

A mandatory component of an advanced apprenticeship

The 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning is the employee rights and responsibilities component of all Advanced Apprenticeships.This ensures a healthy demand for the qualification.


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

Learners must be over the age of 16.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Accreditation No. Level Credit*
Understanding Employment Rights and Responsibilities J/600/0840 2 2
Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sector F/600/1758 3 3
Understanding the Employing Organisation R/600/1764 3 3

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.

The qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • 1st4sport administrative guidance and all related documents/tools
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning Learner Pack
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

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 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 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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