1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning (QCF)

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  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales

This qualification provides an introduction to the active leisure and learning industry, covering the sector as a whole, employment rights and responsibilities, and understanding the employing organisation.

This qualification is a mandatory component of the following advanced apprenticeships offered in the Active Leisure footprint:

  • Leisure Management
  • Exercise and Fitness
  • Coaching
  • Sports Development
  • Spectator Safety 
  • Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 Performance Tables. This is because it is not designed specifically for full-time 16-19 programmes as the qualification is occupational, hence its inclusion with the apprenticeships listed.

Education context

This qualification supports the achievement of the employee rights and responsibilities element of apprenticeship programmes in the Active Leisure and Learning sector, a mandatory outcome for achievement of the programme.

Awarding organisation
  • 1st4sport Qualifications
Qualification code
500/7423/4 (1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning [QCF] )

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning (QCF), learners must successfully achieve three mandatory units. There are no optional units.

All learning is theory-based. Content has been developed by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning, and Well-being, through consultation with a range of employers in the sector footprint.

Subject areas
  • Working in sport and leisure

Understanding Employment Rights and Responsibilities

Understanding the Active Leisure and Learning Sector

Understanding the Employing Organisation

  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.

The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.

The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.


This qualification is awarded on a Pass/Fail basis. All three mandatory units must be passed for a learner to be awarded the qualification.


This qualification is internally assessed in its entirety. 

Learners are provided with pre-standardised assessment tools and templates, centres are provided with assessment guidance in order to assess that learners work effectively. These tools and templates have been developed to ensure full coverage of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Internal quality assurance is required for all centres, and external quality assurance is conducted at regular intervals by subject-specific external quality assurers deployed by 1st4sport Qualifications.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

The internally assessed element forms 100% of the overall grade. There is no external assessment.

Resit arrangements

The recognised centre is required to ensure learners who are unsuccessful in any aspect of assessment are offered a maximum of two opportunities to resit the appropriate assessment component within their period of registration (three years).

All reassessments must be conducted in accordance with the assessment specification.

Guided/notional learning hours
Award: 61 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

This qualification is worth eight credits. 

UCAS Tariff points

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Grade Points
Key issues for UK HE admissions

This qualification is delivered as part of an advanced apprenticeship in the Active Leisure and Learning sector.

The qualification raises the awareness of employment and the rights and responsibilities of both the employer and the employee. It provides a good understanding of employment issues, preparing the learner for the world of work.

This qualification has been available for a number of years, and has been made available to applicants from 2017.

This qualification will be delivered alongside other qualifications, normally within an apprenticeship structure. 

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Learners undergo continuous assessment during the programme.

Assessment outcomes are communicated to learners at the time of assessment and reported to 1st4sport at the successful completion of the assessment programme.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Sep 2009
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

The results of this qualification are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). 

As results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Progression information

This qualification leads to further learning or training relating to the active leisure and learning industry. This qualification may lead to paid or voluntary roles in the industry.

The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to enable learners to progress to other industry-relevant qualifications in coaching, activity leadership, supporting physical education in school sport and sports development.

This qualification may lead to paid or voluntary roles in the industry should the learner wish to complete other industry/role-specific qualifications. Such roles they may look to take up could include:

  • official
  • coach
  • sports volunteer