The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football (QCF) is awarded by 1st4sport Qualifications and has been developed in partnership with The Football Association – the national governing body for the sport – and its education arm, FA Learning. The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football (QCF) is regulated at Level 2 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). For further information on the regulated status of the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football (QCF), please log on to The Register of Regulated Qualifications website. For further information on the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), visit the sports coach UK website.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football (QCF) is designed for adults (over 16 years of age) with some experience in coaching football and who have ideally completed the 1st4sport Level 1 Award in Coaching Football. Our football coaching courses aim to provide you with an introduction to the processes and principles of coaching the sport to adults and children. This certificate provides an opportunity for potential football coaches to be supported in developing the knowledge of how to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate football coaching sessions, enabling them to coach without supervision, but normally as part of an organisation or club’s overarching coaching programme. Students in further or higher education studying sports-related qualifications might also wish to pursue this vocational qualification to support their interest in the sport.
Holders of this qualification may seek employment (paid or unpaid) as football coaches in local amateur junior/senior clubs, FA Charter Standard Clubs and Schools, local authority community football schemes and Football in the Community schemes. It may also be used as a stepping-stone to other vocational football coaching qualifications. Other vocational football coaching qualifications to which you might aspire include the:
On successful completion of the UK Coaching Certificate (UKCC), you will be able to understand:
On successful completion of the qualification, you will be able to:
Football coaching courses are usually designed by the recognised centre that delivers the qualification. They may, therefore, vary in length and format. Depending on your needs, delivery centres can offer intensive courses or a series of learning events over a period of days or weekends. Whatever the timescale, all learning programmes should include the following phases:
At the conclusion of the programme of training and assessment, you will be provided with formal feedback on your performance and an action plan for your further development.
The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Coaching Football (QCF) assessment will require you, in summary, to:
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