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What does the change to the RQF mean?

RQF is the Regulated Qualifications Framework – this is the framework for all qualifications offered by awarding bodies in England and Northern Ireland.

The RQF replaces the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). The removal of the QCF and its rules mean that Sports Leaders UK is able to develop qualifications that are more relevant for your Learners and the practical skills and experience you want them to gain.

SL1, SL2, CSL2 and HSL3 will be our first qualifications first launched on the RQF from 1 September 2016.

  • QCF
  • RQF
  • SL2
  • CSL2
  • ASL1
  • HSL3
  • Regulated Qualifications Framework
  • new courses
  • Qualifications

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The new qualifications have less assessment – does this take anything away from their quality?

In short, no. They are higher quality as there is an increased focus on the assessment of practical skills. These skills are the most important for your Learners to have to lead sport/physical activity sessions.

The knowledge based content is still required to be taught but it will not always be assessed separate to the practical demonstration of skills. The practical demonstration of skills will show if Learners understand the knowledge associated with them.

For more about the specific changes in each qualification click here

  • Assessment
  • Practical skills
  • Practical
  • new courses
  • ASL1
  • SL2
  • CSL
  • HSL3

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The tutored hours (Guided Learning (GL)) have been reduced for the new qualifications? What has changed?

The qualifications have changed to make them more enjoyable for Centres to deliver and learners to take. Below are two reasons why the hours have reduced:

Research has informed changes

We surveyed a number of Centres in the summer of 2015. This survey asked Centres what parts of the current qualifications they liked and what they did not. The new content has been reviewed to reflect this.

Greater focus on practical assessment

The new qualifications focus more on the practical assessment of leadership skills in sport/physical activity. We have removed some of the ‘knowledge’ assessment criteria meaning that there is less assessment. Therefore, Tutor/Assessors do not need to spend as much time assessing learners, and evidencing the assessment of learners.

See the new specifications for details of specific changes for each qualification.

  • Practical
  • GLH
  • GL
  • Changes
  • ASL1
  • SL2
  • CSL2
  • HSL3
  • new courses
  • Qualifications
  • RQF
  • Regulated Qualifications Framework

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How do I access the Tutor Resources for the new qualifications?

When you sign up to the new Terms & Conditions (2016) you will automatically be granted access to the Tutor Resources for the new Levels 1-3 Sports Leadership qualifications. 

You can access the resources by clicking here

  • new courses
  • SL2 and CSL2 combined
  • SL2
  • CSL2
  • HSL3
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Resources
  • Tutor resources

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Has the amount of paperwork reduced?

Yes. The qualifications have been reviewed to make the assessment and evidence administration easier.

The main change is that a number of knowledge and understanding assessment criteria have been removed. The qualifications now have a greater focus on the key practical skills.

See the new specifications for details of specific changes for each qualification.

  • new courses
  • RQF
  • paperwork
  • Evidence
  • ASL1
  • SL2
  • CSL
  • HSL3
  • Regulated Qualifications Framework
  • administration
  • assessment
  • new specifications

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Are the Learner Evidence Records (LER) mandatory?

Yes, they are now mandatory. This means that as long as there are no special considerations or reasonable adjustments needed for a Learner, all Learners should use the LER.

The LER is the:

  • Workbook for Learners
  • Leadership Log for Learners
  • Assessment tool and log for Tutor/Assessors for every Learner
  • Reasonable adjustments
  • Special considerations
  • Learner Evidence Record
  • LER
  • Workbook
  • Learners
  • New courses
  • RQF
  • ASL1
  • SL2
  • CSL
  • HSL3
  • Mandatory
  • Tutor/Assessor

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A learner cannot complete the LER – is there anything that a learner can do to evidence their learning?

Yes. All Sports Leaders UK qualifications allow reasonable adjustments so that a disabled Learner can complete the assessment requirements using alternative methods, if the Learner cannot complete the LER or any other assessment.

An example of a reasonable adjustment might be that a Learner may be assessed through audio/video recording of a question and answer session instead of a written answer in the LER.

The main focus of our qualifications is assessment through the observation of practical skills – this allows Centres to be flexible in the way they assess learners.

  • Reasonable adjustments
  • LER
  • Learner Evidence Record
  • Disabled learner
  • Assessment
  • Evidence
  • Learner

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SL2 and CSL2 have been combined - How might this benefit me?

There are a number of benefits mainly around giving more flexibility to Centres and Learners. Benefits include:

  • Learners can complete demonstration of leadership either with a group linked with the Centre or a group in the community.
  • Less confusion around which course centres should do – the taught content is now the same for both.
  • All qualified Level 2 Sports Leaders can now lead with indirect supervision from the 16 years old.
  • Learners can complete the course and receive certificates from 14 years old.
  • Centres can request a mix of SL2 and CSL2 certificates determined by where learners have completed their 10 hours demonstration of leadership.
  • SL2
  • CSL2
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Leadership
  • Flexibility
  • Certificates
  • new courses
  • RQF
  • new specifications
  • Learner
  • SL2 and CSL2 combined

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When do we have to decide whether to deliver or certificate SL2 or CSL2?

When you apply for a course you will:

  1. Select SL2/CSL2 – Level 2 Qualification in Sports/Community Sports Leadership’– this covers both qualifications.
  2. Be asked whether you plan to deliver and certificate a SL2 or a CSL2 course. This does not hold you to delivering one or the other – it is just to get an idea for future quality assurance review visits.

During the course learners will either complete their demonstration of leadership with:

  1. A group linked with your Centre
  2. A group in the community

When you apply for certificates you will:

Select either SL2 or CSL2 against each of your learners that have successfully completed the course. This will be determined by where learners have completed their demonstration of leadership

You can request a mix of SL2 and CSL2 certificates if your cohort.

  • SL2
  • CSL2
  • Register
  • Certificate
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • Option
  • Apply for a course
  • Course
  • RQF
  • LEAP
  • Registration
  • Course application
  • New courses

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Will mapping documents to other qualifications be available?

Yes, mapping documents will be available for some qualifications.

For HSL3

We are working with OCR to map HSL3 to the new Cambridge Technical qualifications in sport at Level 3.

HSL3 will also be mapped against to the new Level 3 BTEC qualifications in sport.

For SL2 and CSL2

Plans are in place to create mapping documents against both OCR and BTEC Level 1/2 qualifications for Sept 2017.

  • Mapping
  • OCR
  • BTEC
  • HSL3
  • CSL2
  • SL2
  • RQF
  • new courses
  • new specifications

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Will the Tutor Resources change?

Yes. New Tutor Resources were published in summer 2016. As the content has changed considerably,  the resources have too.

Tutor Resources will be provided in a new editable PowerPoint format. This means you will be able to use them as they are, or you can adapt them or add to them.

  • Tutor resources
  • Resources
  • Association
  • LEAP
  • new
  • Summer 2016

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Do I need to attend an updated Tutor Training?

As long as you or another Tutor/Assessor from your Centre has attended Tutor Training in the last 3 years, you will not be required to attend another Tutor Training specifically for these qualifications.

If you attended Tutor Training over 3 years ago (or it is nearly 3 years since you attended) then you will be required to attend Tutor Training.

Support videos on the new qualifications can be found here:

  • Tutor Training
  • Training
  • Online
  • new courses
  • 3 years
  • Refresher
  • RQF
  • Tutor/Assessor
  • Trained Tutor

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Will I need to do anything differently to apply for a course?

No. The processes you are familiar with remain the same. You will continue to apply for courses, and to register and certificate learners via LEAP.

  • Apply
  • LEAP
  • Register
  • Certificate
  • RQF
  • new courses

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In HSL3, why is the 'Plan, lead and evaluate sport/activity sessions for children' unit now mandatory?

It is a decision based on a survey of Centres done in the summer of 2015. The children unit outscored the other three application of skills units (community, older people and disabled people) in the research.

  • HSL3
  • Children
  • Optional units
  • Options
  • RQF
  • New courses
  • Unit

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To undertake HSL3 do my learners have to have completed any other Sports Leaders UK qualifications?

No, there is no longer the need for any prerequisites for HSL3. Core leadership skills are now built into the content of the qualification so that anyone can start it, no matter what their previous leadership experience is.

  • QCF
  • RQF
  • New qualifications
  • new courses
  • ASL1
  • CSL2
  • SL2
  • HSL3

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What do you mean by demonstration of leadership "linked with the centre" and "in the community"?

With regards to the Level 2 qualification learners now have the option of completing their ten hours demonstration of leadership either:

  • linked with the centre (SL2) - any leadership that is undertaken in school curriculum time (e.g. leading a group of primary school children in curriculum time)

OR

  • in the community (CSL2) - any leadership that is undertaken outside of school curriculum time (e.g. leading an extra-curricular group; leading at a community sports club)

For a learner to achieve the Level 2 Qualification Community Sports Leadership they must complete their full ten hours demonstration of leadership "in the community".

 

  • CSL2
  • SL2
  • Demonstration of leadership
  • SL2 and CSL2 combined
  • Course

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Internal Verification support video

For those delivering the new Sports Leadership qualifications, Sports Leaders UK have created a short video to support Centres in ensuring the role of the Internal Verifier is understood and carried out correctly.

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Can a learner be certificated for both SL2 & CSL qualification?

Yes as long as they evidence all that is required for both qualifications and if they were to undertake 20 hours of leadership (10 School/ 10 community).  

This will then cost £10 for additional certification, they will have two years to complete both at the Centre under their original certification.

 

  • Certificates
  • SL2 and CSL2 combined
  • CSL2
  • Learner

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What is meant by direct and indirect supervision?

All learners who are undertaking a Sports Leaders UK qualification should lead under direct supervision at all times during their learning. This means that they should never be left alone with a group of participants. 

On completion of the Level 2 Qualification in Sports Leadership or Level 2 Qualification in Community Sports Leadership, a learner may lead activities/sessions under indirect supervision once they are 16 years of age. This means that a responsible adult, eg: teacher, coach etc will need to be within the vicinity and on hand to assist if required, but the learner does not need this person with them at all times. For example: a sports leader may take a group of participants off for an activity on one area of a playing field, whilst a responsible adult is with another group on the other side of the playing field. 

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