1st4sport Level 1 Award in Leadership in Sport and Physical Activity

Qualification Number 603/1381/X
Guided Learning (TQT) 25 (30)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/1381/X
Entry age:


Qualification Operational Start Date 01/09/2017
Qualification Review Date 31/08/2020
Certification End Date 31/08/2021
Qualification Specification Download
Qualification Purpose Statement 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 1 Award in Leadership in Sport and Physical Activity provides learners aged 12 and over with an introduction to the sport, physical activity and active leisure industry, namely from an activity delivery perspective. Depending on the age of the learner, this qualification may support a role in the workplace, either in paid or voluntary occupations, as support for a Level 2 of Level 3 qualified activity deliverer, such as a coach, instructor, leader or facilitator.

Successful achievement of the qualification enables learners to apply the principles of safe and effective sport and physical activity sessions to a group of participants, under the supervision of more qualified deliverers. Successful learners will develop an understanding of appropriate leadership skills, the benefits of active lifestyles, the rules and resources required to facilitate a sport or physical activity session and planning, delivery an evaluation skills.

The qualification has been designed specifically to support the Health Agenda whilst also encouraging participation in-line with the Sport England Participation Agenda.

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

Centre systems for the initial assessment of learners must ensure that pre-requisites to registration and certification are considered during the application stage.

Prior to registration learners are required to:

  • be appropriately identified
  • be at least 12 years of age
  • be able to communicate effectively in English.

There are no further prerequisites prior to certification other than the successful completion of all related 1st4sport assessed tasks or equivalent.

The qualification is comprised of one mandatory unit:

Unit Title Reference No. GLHs
1 Supporting the delivery of sport and physical activity L/615/6670 25

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 Portfolios, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • Delivery, Assessment and Internal Quality Assurance Approach , which includes delivery models, sample answers to support you when assessing your students and guidance for the internal quality assurance of the qualification
  • 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 following resources support the qualification:

  • Administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Leadership in Sport and Physical Activity Qualification Specification
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Leadership in Sport and Physical Activity Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

For learners, the following resources support the qualification:

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Leadership in Sport and Physical Activity Learner Portfolio

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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