1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development

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  • England
  • Wales

The qualification is aimed at learners who are already employed or in a long term work placement as an Assistant Sports Development Officer, Sports Development Officer, or relevant associated role. They might be new members of staff who require an induction into the job role, or existing members of staff who need further training and development. Learners must have the opportunity to demonstrate competence in the workplace over time, therefore it is not suitable for learners in full-time education, but may be delivered through a school or college engaging with local employers.

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 apprenticeship listed.

Education context

This qualification supports the achievement of the competence element of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development, a mandatory outcome for achievement of the programme.

Awarding organisation
  • 1st4sport Qualifications
Qualification code

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development (QCF), learners must successfully achieve all five mandatory units and four optional units.

Learning is a combination of skills (work-based) and knowledge. 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

Mandatory units (learners must achieve all of these units)

  • Manage own resources and professional development
  • Contribute to strategic development in sport and active leisure
  • Provide leadership in sport and active leisure
  • Promote equality and diversity in sport and physical activity
  • Ensure the health, safety, welfare, and security of customers and staff

Optional Unit Group 1 (learners must achieve one of these units)

  • Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity
  • Support the development of sport and physical activity in education

Optional Unit Group 2 (learners must achieve a minimum of two units from this group, with an additional unit being chosen from either Optional Unit Group 1 or 2)

  • Lead and motivate volunteers
  • Recruit, select, and keep colleagues
  • Involve, motivate, and retain volunteers
  • Develop productive working relationships with colleagues
  • Allocate and monitor the progress and quality of work in own area of responsibility
  • Provide learning opportunities for colleagues
  • Contribute to the prevention and management of abusive and aggressive behaviour
  • Recognise indications of substance misuse and refer individuals to specialists
  • Support the efficient use of resources
  • Apply for external funding for sport and physical activity
  • Manage information for action
  • Contribute to evaluating, developing, and promoting services
  • Plan and organise services
  • Manage a project
  • Work with others to improve customer service
  • 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 mandatory units and four optional units must be passed for a learner to be awarded the qualification.


This qualification is internally assessed in its entirety. 

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
277 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

There is a range of GLH, dependent on optional units undertaken from 277 to 281 hours.

Learners will achieve a minimum of 64 credits through completion of this qualification.

UCAS Tariff points

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Grade Points
Key issues for UK HE admissions

This qualification would prepare a learner for admission onto a related degree programme in sports development. Learners will learn key knowledge and skills to support their development into this industry area.

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

This qualification may be delivered alongside other qualifications, normally in 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 Jan 2012
Qualification dates notes

This qualification is due for review in advance of 31 December 2017.

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 can lead to paid or voluntary employment in Sports Development in a sports or community setting. Learners operating in a role at this level, can access CPD opportunities through CIMSPA. The skills and knowledge developed through this qualification may also be used to enable learners to progress to other management qualifications.

Other roles the learner may consider could include:

  • duty officer, shift supervisor, assistant manager
  • sports/leisure centre general manager