1st4sport Level 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors

Qualification Number 603/4204/3
Guided Learning Hours 21
Total Qualification Time 90
SFA/LAD Funding Code 603/4204/3
Entry Age: 18+ 
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/03/2019
Qualification Review Date 31/03/2022
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 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.

Developed in partnership with The Bikeability Trust, the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors is designed to prepares learners for employment as a cycle training instructor tutor/trainer, specifically training individuals to be able to deliver cycle training programmes in line with the National Standard for Cycle Training. The qualification content is derived from Role 6 of the National Standard for Cycle Training. It is relevant for learners who aspire to become a cycle training instructor tutors/trainers in England and it sits within a progressive suite of cycle training qualifications.


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

Prior to registration learners are required to:

  • be accurately identified
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • hold the Level 3 Bikeability award
  • be at least 18 years of age
  • currently deliver Bikeability, and have at least three years’ continuous experience successfully delivering Bikeability
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

There are no additional pre-requisites to certification other than successful completion of all learning outcomes and assessment criteria; normally achieved through completion of the learner portfolio, online multiple-choice exam and the post-course practical assessment.

NB. Learners will be expected to have a reasonable level of fitness as this qualification, and its associated learning programme has significant amounts of cycling activity.

The qualification is divided into the following 5 mandatory units:

Unit Title Accreditation No. Level GLH
1 Tutor cycle training instructors

T/617/4838

3 12
2 Assess cycle training instructors

A/617/4839

3 10
3 Plan to improve professional practice

M/617/484o

3 2

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 mapping tools to assist the learner in submitting evidence towards qualification completion
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include guidance to evidence gathering and assessment completion 
  • 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 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Developing Cycle Training Instructors 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.

Centres must be approved for, and actively delivering, the 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Instructing Cycle Training prior to applying to deliver this qualification.

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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