1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Netball

Qualification Number 603/2754/6
Guided Learning Hours 17
Total Qualification Time 35
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/2754/6
Entry age: 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/01/2018
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2021
Certification End Date 31/12/2023
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 National Source Group for Netball**, the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Netball is the first qualification on the netball coaching ladder. The qualification is designed to provide learners with an introduction to the practical and theoretical aspects of coaching netball. The foundation level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to develop an understanding of the safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of netball. Those who complete this Award will be able to assist other, more qualified coaches in delivering netball coaching sessions to players of all ages.


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

**The National Source Group for Netball is composed of the constituent governing bodies for netball in the UK (England Netball, Welsh Netball and Netball Scotland).


Learners are required to be

  • at least 16 years of age
  • have some knowledge of and/or experience of playing the game.
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

1 Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.

The qualification is divided into the following three mandatory  units:

Unit Title Reference No. GLH*
1 The role of the assistant netball coach M/616/6575 9
2 The assistant netball coach in practice T/616/6576 9
3 Technical coaching requirements for netball A/616/6577 8
  • Unitised GLH values total more than the qualification GLH due to the holistic nature of the learning programme reducing the guided learning hours delivered.

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:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Netball Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach
  • internal and independent assessment tools.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Netball Learner Pack
  • internal and independent assessment tools
  • Netball Coaching Handbook – Level 1.

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 through England Netball. Please visit englandnetball.co.uk/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.