1st4sport Level 3 Sports Performance suite

  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance (QCF)
  • 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance (QCF)
Countries
  • England
  • Northern Ireland
  • Wales
Purpose

The qualifications do not appear in the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificates Sports Performance provide learners with the opportunity to gain the knowledge, understanding, credit and a qualification in:

  • performing within the elite sports training and competition environment, specifically within their chosen sport (for the Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance)
  • understanding how an elite sports performer needs to operate in, and contribute to, the training environment in their chosen sport (for the Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance).
Education context

The qualifications are currently the knowledge component of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence.

They are only available to learners who are engaged in this apprenticeship programme.

Awarding organisation
  • 1st4Sport Qualifications
Qualification codes
601/4158/X (Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance QCF)
601/4176/1 (Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance QCF)
Structure

Both qualifications comprise nine mandatory units of assessment.

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance learners must successfully achieve 26 credits from all mandatory units.

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance (QCF), learners must successfully achieve 29 credits from all mandatory units.

Subject areas

Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance

  • Develop own technical skills to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Develop own tactical skills to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Develop own physical capability to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Develop own nutritional programme to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Develop own psychological skills to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Manage own lifestyle to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Develop own career in a sport.
  • Communicate effectively with other people to achieve excellence in a sport.
  • Work in a healthy and safe way at training and competition venues.

Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance

  • Understanding technical skills to achieve excellence in sport.
  • Understanding tactical skills to achieve excellence in sport.
  • Understanding physical capability to achieve excellence in sport.
  • Understanding nutrition to achieve excellence in sport.
  • Understanding psychological skills and attitudes in relation to excellence in sport.
  • Understanding lifestyle to achieve excellence in sport.
  • Understanding how to develop own career in sport.
  • Understanding communication and teamwork to achieve excellence in sport.
  • Understanding health and safety at training and competition venues.
Levels
  • Level 3

UK Level 3 Qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1]

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)[2]

Level 3 is aligned with Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.


[1] 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.

[2] 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.

Grading

Pass, Fail

Assessment

Learners are required to provide evidence to show they can meet all the learning outcomes and assessment criteria of each unit.

For the Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance this will generally be done by direct assessor observation of the learner performing in a real (non-simulated) training or competition environment, or both.

For the Certificate in Understanding Sporting Excellence this will generally be done by the assessor questioning the learner orally. However, other techniques, such as projects, assignments and/or reflective accounts may also be appropriate.

Assessment is carried out by an appropriately qualified assessor and verified by internal and external verifiers.

Assessment tasks and activities chosen should enable learners to produce sufficient, authentic, current, valid and reliable evidence that relates directly to the specified criteria. Any assessment tasks and activities created must go through internal quality assurance prior to being used.

As the Certificate for Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance is about the learner demonstrating their competence, most of the evidence should come from observation of their training and competition environments or looking at other forms of evidence from the learner’s real work that show how they meet the standard, or both.

All assessments must be conducted in line with the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance (QCF) Assessor/Verifier Guidance to Delivery and Assessment.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

Learners must successfully achieve all units in order to achieve the qualification.

Learners will only achieve a pass if they are successful in all nine units.

Resit arrangements

The recognised centre is required to ensure that 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
220 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

(29 credits) •  For comparison an A level is 360 glh

UCAS Tariff points

1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance

Grade Points
P 16

1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Understanding Sports Performance

Grade Points
P 24
Key issues for UK HE admissions

The Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance (AASE) apprenticeship programme, which this qualification contributes to, has been available for from August 2014. There are current learners on the programme who will be applying to higher education for September 2016.

This qualification will be completed with the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance (QCF) as part of Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE). Additionally learners normally combine this qualification/apprenticeship with other DfE performance table qualifications such as A levels, applied general and technical qualifications.

Timing of assessments and results

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 Aug 2014
Reporting of results and certification information

Learner achievement and certification information is uploaded to the Learning Record Store for learners whose personal data includes a ULN.

1st4sport Qualifications send certificates to centres for distribution to successful learners within 20 working days of a certification request being made.

Progression information

Learners can progress from this qualification into further study in the sports performance or sports coaching environment.

The qualifications can lead to higher education in conjunction with other qualifications.

Learners may also progress into a career as a professional athlete or into support roles in the elite sports environment.