TALS courses
  • Level 3 UAT: Currently taking expressions of interest for next online course: 25th January, 1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd February, 1st, 8th and 15th March 2023 (6-8pm on all x 8 evenings)

  • New APDL Certificate: Kings College 26th & 27th January and 23rd & 24th February 2023 - please express your interest using the form at the bottom of the page

  • New APDL Certificate: Man Met Uni 23rd & 24th February and 16th & 17th March 2023 - please express your interest using the form at the bottom of the page

Lifestyle Education Courses

Introduction to Lifestyle Support (eLearning module)

This dynamic online module offers a basic introduction to athlete lifestyle support and is aimed at anyone who has an interest in the area e.g., athletes, parents, coaches, practitioners, NGB/university staff.

The module covers the following areas:

  • What is Lifestyle Support?
  • A lifestyle advisor’s role within an athlete’s support network
  • A lifestyle advisor’s expectations and boundaries
  • Benefits and challenges of a balanced lifestyle
  • Maximising Lifestyle Support

This module is self-guided and should take approximately 2 hours, and costs £16.99.

For further information, and to access the eLearning module: click here

Level 2 Award in Understanding an Athlete’s Lifestyle (UAL)

The 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Understanding an Athlete’s Lifestyle is designed for individuals who wish to enhance their knowledge and skills to deliver informal support to athletes. This includes upskilling learners to understand the basics around how to assist athletes in their personal development and lifestyle alongside their sporting commitments. It has been designed to enable learners to study and reflect on how to positively impact athlete lifestyle in their own environments.

The course is comprised of four modules:

  • Sporting Landscapes and Athlete Pathways
  • Athlete Support Networks
  • Athlete Demands and Planning
  • Athlete Transitions

The course is assessed via the submission of a portfolio of tasks. The registration period for this course is two years. Upon successful completion of the learning days and submission of your portfolio, you will be awarded a 1st4sport (QCF) Level 2 Award in Understanding an Athlete’s Lifestyle.

Course price: £300 per learner. Discounts for group bookings may be available, please contact courses@tass.gov.uk if you wish to discuss this.

Level 3 Certificate in Athlete Personal Development and Lifestyle (APDL)

APDL replaces the highly successful TALS qualification that has been delivered over the past 10 years.  APDL has been designed for individuals who wish to pursue a career in Athlete Personal Development, Athlete Lifestyle Support but is suitable for other similar roles such as Player Care.

The course comprises of six units of study that are delivered over four learning days:

-The Role of the Personal Development/Athlete Lifestyle Practitioner

-Coaching and Mentoring – Theory and Practice

-Sporting Pathways and Athlete Transitions

-Athlete Personal Development and Education Opportunities

-Athlete and Practitioner Mental Health and Wellbeing

-Evaluating and Developing own Practice.

Course Pre-Requisites:

Learners must hold a recognised and valid Safeguarding qualification. Leaners must also have access to at least one athlete that has given consent for the outcome of their personal development sessions to be documented and shared anonymously for assessment purposes.

The qualification is assessed via the submission of learner portfolio which includes short answer knowledge-based questions, reflective tasks, and practical sessions with athletes.  The learner will also be required to submit a video evidencing their ability to lead a personal development session with an athlete and carry out a professional discussion with an assessor.  All tasks must be marked as competent to gain the certificate.

Cost: £599

Level 3 Award in Understanding Athlete Transitions (UAT)

The 1st4sport Level 3 Understanding Athlete Transitions course aims to provide learners with an understanding of the transitions that athletes may face across their careers, with a specific focus on the demands and challenges experienced by athletes, and the support they may require. The course has been designed to allow learners to reflect on how they or their organisation can optimally support athletes through transitions.

Audience: suitable for anyone who operates within a sporting environment, and either directly or indirectly supports athletes (e.g., coaches, practitioners, NGB staff).

Format:  This course is currently being delivered online across multiple days. Learner attendance is required at all sessions.

Learners must:

  • Be over 18 years old
  • Hold appropriate identification
  • be in a role that involves either directly or indirectly working with athletes (desirable)

Course Units:

  • Transition theory
  • Athlete support and coping during transition
  • Educational transitions and athlete migration
  • Junior to senior transition
  • Athletic retirement
  • Unique athlete & performance pathway transitions


  • Long/short answer questions
  • Case study tasks
  • Multiple choice
  • Reflective practise tasks

Cost: £349 per learner


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