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1st4sport Level 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors

Qualification Number 600/2685/6
Guided Learning Hours 57
Total Qualification Time 100
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/2685/6
Entry Age 16
Apprenticeships Knowledge component of the Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership (outdoors pathway)
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/08/2011
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2020
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 3 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 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors has been developed to provide learners aged 16 years and over with an appropriate knowledge and understanding of working in the outdoors either in the delivery of activities or in a hospitality/support role. The qualification is designed to support the Apprenticeships programme in the active leisure, learning and well-being industry, including being the knowledge component for the outdoors pathway in the Intermediate Level Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership.


*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 a minimum of 16 years of age.

Learners are required to achieve a minimum of 10 credits: five credits from the two mandatory units and a minimum of five credits from one of the three optional unit groups. If Optional Unit Group 3 is selected, learners must complete both units, giving a total of six credits.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Unit Title Unit Reference No. GLH Credit
Mandatory Units
1 General Induction for Outdoor Centre Staff J/600/3821 18 3
2 Essentials of Customer Care for Outdoor Centre Staff D/600/3825 3 2
Optional Unit Group 1
3 Organising Participants at an Outdoor Centre Y/600/3824 36 5
Optional Unit Group 2
4 Working in Hospitality and Support at an Outdoor Centre T/600/3829 36 5
Optional Unit Group 3
5 Organising an Activity Session at an Outdoor Centre H/600/3826 36 5
6 Responding to Health Emergencies for Outdoor Centre Staff K/600/3827 8 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:

  • 1st4sport Recognised Centre Handbook
  • 1st4sport administrative guidance and all related documents/tools
  • 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

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

  • 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors Learner Pack

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.