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1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management

Qualification Number 600/2517/7
Guided Learning Hours 234
Total Qualification Time 410
SFA/LAD Funding Code 600/2517/7
Entry Age: 16
Apprenticeships Competence component of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Leisure Management
Operational Start Date 01/09/2011
Registration End Date 31/12/2018
Certification End Date 31/12/2021
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.

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management  is designed to provide learners aged 16 and over with the knowledge, skills and competences required to work as a duty or line manager within the leisure industry. The level of knowledge recognised in this qualification will enable them to operate in the leisure industry in roles such as duty manager or supervisor. This qualification is part of a suite professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which supports an individual’s personal and professional development within the industry

Please note that this qualification is designed to support operatives in the industry to demonstrate their competence in the workplace, possibly through an Apprenticeship. This is a Level 3 competence-based qualification and, as such, simulation is not appropriate/acceptable for the majority of units due to its real workplace focus. We do not consider it appropriate for those in full-time education, but for people employed in a Sports Development associated role. Please also note that the qualification’s minimum age limit of 18 is probably an underestimate. The qualification is designed for those in employment who would ideally have several years experience in an associated role and who are looking to progress to a management role and, as such, are likely to be older than 19.


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

Learners are required to:

  • be 16 years of age or over
  • have the authority to be able to meet the outcomes of the qualification, either in their current job role or with prior approval from their line/centre manager
  • be able to communicate effectively in English* (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).
    There are no additional pre-requisites to certification other then successful completion of the required assessments.

Please note that this qualification is designed to support experienced operatives in the industry demonstrate their competence in the workplace, possibly through an Apprenticeship. This is a Level 3 competence-based qualification and, as such, simulation is not appropriate/acceptable for the majority of units due to its real workplace focus. We do not consider it appropriate for those in full-time education, but for people employed in an associated role. Please also note that the qualification’s minimum age limit of 16 is probably an underestimate. The qualification is designed for those in employment who would ideally have 3–5 years’ experience in an associated role and who are looking to progress to a management role and, as such, are likely to be older than 21.

You may be interested to hear that our Sector Skills Council – SkillsActive – has recognised the lack of vocational qualifications in this area. They are currently in the process of developing new units (and qualification structures) for vocational qualifications for the roles of Leisure Management and Sports Development Officer and Manager will hopefully be available in early 2014. We will be aspiring to award the new qualifications and will be advising centres of their availability when we can. These qualifications may be more appropriate for those in full time education or for those aspiring to employed roles.

*Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance.

Unit Title Unit Reference No. GLH Credit
Mandatory Units
1 Understanding How to Lead a Team in Active Leisure F/503/0778 17 3
2 Promoting Customer Care in Active Leisure K/503/0774 18 3
3 Understanding How to Manage Health, Safety and Welfare in Active Leisure A/503/0780 20 3
4 Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sector F/600/1758 23 3
5 Understanding Employment Rights and Responsibilities J/600/0840 15 2
6 Continuing Professional Development in Active Leisure J/503/0782 8 2
7 Understanding the Employing Organisation R/600/1764 23 3
8 Manage Own Professional Development within an Active Leisure Organisation Y/503/0866 20 4
9 Set Objectives and Provide Support for an Active Leisure Team H/503/0871 25 5
10 Ensure the Health, Safety, Welfare and Security of Customers and Staff in an Active Leisure Environment M/503/0873 15 3
11 Improve the Customer’s Experience in Active Leisure R/503/0865 15 3
Optional Units – Group A (Learners to achieve a minimum of two credits)
12 Understanding Financial Procedures in Active Leisure T/503/0776 20 3
13 Understanding How to Deliver Objectives through the Work of an Active Leisure Team A/503/0777 10 2
14 Understanding How to Supervise Facility Maintenance in Active Leisure Y/503/0771 13 2
15 Marketing in Active Leisure D/503/0772 30 6
16 Understanding How to Sell Services and Products to Customers in Active Leisure L/503/0783 20 4
17 Operating Swimming Pool Plant F/503/0988 25 4
Optional Units – Group B (Learners to achieve a minimum of five credits)
18 Address Performance Problems Affecting Team Members J/503/0863 15 3
19 Promote Learning and Development in Active Leisure K/503/0869 25 5
20 Manage Physical Resources in Active Leisure D/503/0867 15 3
21 Implement Financial Procedures in Active Leisure L/503/0864 15 3
22 Plan, Organise and Evaluate Active Leisure Services H/503/0868 15 2
23 Contribute to Marketing in Active Leisure F/503/0862 15 3
24 Operate Swimming Pool Plant M/503/0985 10 2
25 Sell Active Leisure Services and Products to Customers D/503/0870 15 3
26 Supervise the Maintenance of Equipment and Facilities in Active Leisure K/503/0872 25 5
27 Contribute to the Prevention and Management of Abusive and Aggressive Behaviour T/601/1168 20 4
28 Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues K/502/8426 16 4

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 assessment tasks to help you 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 their tutors, assessors and verifiers the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • generic administrative guidance and tools for recognised centres
  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering, assessing and verifying the qualification
  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach

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

  • 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Leisure Management 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.

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 RQF 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 Learnering Records Service. To be approved to offer this qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learning Record Service Organisational Portal. For more information about this process, please visit the Learning Records Service website.