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1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis

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Barry Dawson, Programme Leader, Level 2/3 Sport, Darlington College

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Qualification Number 501/2248/4
Guided Learning Hours 159
Total Qualification Time 225
SFA/LAD Funding Code 501/2248/4
Entry Age 16+
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/09/2010
Qualification Review Date 30/06/2021
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

Developed in partnership with British Tennis/the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA), the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis develops creative and thoughtful practitioners capable of developing high quality players. In addition, it will help coaches develop their awareness and skills to better manage the difficult situations that are a feature of every coach’s day-to-day life. The programme covers essential Level 3 theory but does so through applied learning and teaching methods that bring the subjects to life and ensure learners are involved in their own learning.

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

To register for the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis, learners are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing)
  • hold one of the following qualifications or equivalent:
    • 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Tennis (L2CCTEN/L2CCTENQ)
    • 1st4sport Level 1 Certificate/Award in Coaching Tennis (L1CCTEN/L1ACTENQ) and have had an ATP or WTA ranking
  • be an LTA registered coach or have confirmation of attendance on a current/Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recognised emergency first aid course (or equivalent), and have confirmation of receipt of a positive Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check via the LTA mechanism.

1 Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.

The qualification is divided into the following units:

Title Unit Reference Number Level GLHs Credit
204 Understanding the Principles of Safe and Equitable Coaching Practice M/601/2108 2 13 2
301 Understanding the Fundamentals of Coaching Programmes T/601/3535 3 18 3
302 Understanding the Principles of Planning Coaching Programmes A/601/3536 3 18 3
303 Understanding How to Support Participants’ Lifestyle through Coaching Programmes F/601/3537 3 18 3
304 Analyse Players’ Performance and Set Programme Goals in Tennis T/602/2462 3 5 2
305 Plan Coaching Programmes in Tennis A/602/2463 3 8 2
306 Manage Safe and Effective Tennis Coaching Programmes F/602/2464 3 12 2
307 Deliver Tennis Coaching Programmes J/602/2465 3 15 3
308 Develop Players’ Performance in Tennis L/602/2466 3 22 3
309 Monitor and Evaluate Tennis Coaching Programmes R/602/2467 3 6 2
310 Develop Coaching Practice in Tennis Y/602/2468 3 5 1

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 learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and 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.
  • LTA learner support resources, providing learners with further information, guidance and support to assist in developing their knowledge of coaching tennis at this level.

Plus, you can turn to our specialist team for support with confidence as you will have access to our responsive technical enquiry service, and regular support from an allocated external verifier.
For recognised centres and tutors, the qualification is supported by the following resources:

  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements for centres when delivering, assessing and quality assuring the qualification, as well as the technical content/syllabus that must be covered
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis Tutor/Assessor/Verifier Guidance Pack.

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

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Coaching Tennis Learner Pack and/or access to it via the LTA online learning platform
  • LTAs Level 3 Tennis Match Charting CD
  • Level 3 Tennis Strength and Conditioning Fundamentals Exercises for Under-10s CD.

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.

This qualification is currently unavailable for Qualification Approval.

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.