1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union

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Qualification Accreditation Number 501/1817/1
Guided Learning Hours 30
Total Qualification Time 70
SFA/LAD Funding Code 501/1817/1
Entry Age: 16
Qualification Accreditation Start Date 01/09/2010
Qualification Review Date 31/05/2020
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. There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre.

The 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union provides learners who are over 16 years of age with an introduction to the principles/practice of safe, ethical and effective management and coaching of rugby union to adults and young people, as an assistant, normally under the supervision of a Level 2 qualified coach. Developed in partnership with the National Source Group for Rugby Union**, the Award offers an opportunity for aspiring rugby union coaches to be supported in developing their knowledge of how to effectively coach a local club or school team, and is a component of the sport’s UKCC-endorsed coach education programme.

An equivalent version of the qualification is available in Scotland, awarded by SQA.


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

**The UK Source Group for Rugby Union is composed of the constituent national governing bodies (NGBs) for rugby union in the UK (The Rugby Football Union, Scottish Rugby Union and the Welsh Rugby Union).


Due to the level of responsibility of a qualified coach of rugby union operating at this level in the full-contact game, learners are required to be over 16 years of age before registration for the qualification and provide evidence of having completed the IRB Rugby Ready course within the previous 18 months.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

 Title  Accreditation Number  Guided Learning Hours  Credit
 101  Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Sport  D/601/3531  6  1
102 Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Activities in Sport H/601/3532 10 1
103 Understanding the Principles of Conducting Coaching Activities in Sport K/601/3533 10 1
104 Understanding the Principles of Evaluating Coaching Activities in Sport M/601/3534 7 1
105 Planning Rugby Union Coaching Activities M/602/5392 4 1
106 Conducting Rugby Union Coaching Activities T/602/5393 5 1
107 Evaluating Rugby Union Coaching Activities A/602/5394 3 1

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 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 available online, 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
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union Qualification Specification, outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union Learner Workbook
  • 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Rugby Union Learner Support Resources CD
  • 3 Unions Coaching Level 1 Technical DVD in Coaching Rugby Union
  • 3 Unions Coaching Level 1 Rugby Union Coaching Handbook
  • IRB Laws of the Game
  • UK Coaching Code of Practice for Coaches.

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.

Organisations are unable to apply to become recognised and approved to deliver this qualification unless the governing body has granted permission, please contact the RFU in the first instance.

If you are interested in delivering this qualification, and have RFU approval, 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 RQF 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.