1st4sport Level 1 NVQ Award in Sport and Active Leisure

Qualification Accreditation Number 500/9169/4
Guided Learning Hours 78
Total Qualification Time 100
SFA/LAD Funding Code 500/9169/4
Entry age: 14+
Operational Start Date 01/05/2010
Registration End Date 31/12/2018
Certification End Date 31/12/2019
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 NVQ Award in Sport and Active Leisure is a competence-based qualification that provides learners aged 14 and over with an opportunity to be assessed, over a period of time, on both the practical and theoretical aspects of working in a sport and active leisure environment. The qualification is ideal for young people in a school or college environment, or for those new to working in a sport and active leisure facility where they will:

  • help to issue equipment
  • provide good customer service
  • deal with accidents and emergencies
  • help to plan, prepare and lead sport and active leisure sessions.

Due to the learners’ age, it’s accepted that many will not be employed, but may be gathering their evidence in a college, school or other, more protected environment (eg a custodial establishment).


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

To achieve the qualification, learners are required to be at least 14 years of age at registration.

Mandatory Units

The qualification is divided into the following mandatory units:

Unit Title GLH Credit
C11 Help to Provide Equipment for Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Activities 24 3
C35 Deal with Accidents and Emergencies 14 2
D15 Help to Give Good Levels of Service to Participants and Customers in Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being 16 2


Optional Units

Unit Title GLH Credit
Coaching/Activity Leadership
D41 Help to Plan and Prepare an Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Session 8 1
D42 Lead an Activity within an Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Session 16 2
Recreation Assistant
C21 Help to Maintain Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Facility Areas 16 2
260 Help Maintain Active Leisure, Learning and Well-being Activity Equipment 16 2

The credit values for the optional units must add up to a minimum of three; therefore, at least two optional units must be selected. The optional units reflect the two pathways a learner might follow: Coaching/Activity Leadership and Recreation Assistant. Although the units are grouped into the pathways, learners can choose any combination of the four optional units.

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.

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 are interested in offering 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.