1st4sport Level 1 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball)

Qualification Number 603/5251/6
Guided Learning (TQT) 16 (38)
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/5251/3
Entry age: 18
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/11/2019
Qualification Review Date 30/11/2022
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.

The 1st4sport Level 1 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball) provides existing P.E Officers in prisons with the necessary skills and knowledge to deliver basketball sessions within a prison setting.

This qualification is designed for current P.E Officers employed by Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service wishing to progress in their role as a P.E Officers. It is solely for those who are already working in prisons and who have responsibility for delivering coaching sessions within the prison environment.


*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 accurately identified
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • be employed by Her Majesties Prison and Probation Service
  • be undertaking P.E Officer National Training
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

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 two mandatory units and one technical badminton-pathway unit:

Unit Title Reference No. GLHs
1 The Role of the P.E Instructor Y/617/8624 9
2 The P.E Instructor in Practice D/617/8625 9
3 Technical Coaching Requirements for Basketball K/617/8627 4

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 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball) Qualification Specification
  • 1st4sport Level 1 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball) Qualification Handbook
  • 1st4sport Level 1 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball) Unit Specifications
  • 1st4sport Level 1 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball) Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

For learners, the following resources support the qualification:

  • 1st4sport Level 1 in Coaching and Instructing Sport in Prisons (Basketball) Learner Portfolio

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Portfolio, learning resources and a Certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

to apply to deliver 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.