The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development (QCF) has been developed to provide learners with a measure of their competence as a sports development practitioner. It is a competence qualification, assessed in a workplace environment that forms the competence outcome of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sports Development. This qualification is part of a suite professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which supports an individual’s personal and professional development within the industry.Future prospects


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. To access the qualification, learners must be at least 18 years old, due to the level of responsibility and duty of care associated with a role at this level in an active leisure environment. This qualification can also be accessed as part of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Sports Development.


Prior to registration, learners are required to:

  • be aged 18 years or over
  • have access to a sports development working environment in which to participate and gain workplace evidence for the qualification

Why Study?

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 that the learner may consider exploring to include:

  • Duty Officer, Shift Supervisor, Assistant Manager
  • Sports/Leisure Centre General Manager


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