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					    A fun and involving way to learn

    This is a new qualification developed by the National Federation of Anglers (NFA) in partnership with N-
    OCN, the UK's foremost provider of accreditation services for learning. Angling is a totally inclusive sport
    that offers no barriers to those wishing to participate and offers an immediate reward to those who go
    fishing. It is a fun and healthy sport enjoyed by millions of people throughout the UK every year. Anglers
    not only go fishing to catch fish but also because they enjoy and appreciate the environment in which it
    takes place.

    What does the course offer?

    This course can be delivered to a variety of groups that work with children and young people to provide
    a qualification which improves both their education and sporting prowess. The course facilitates learning
    on how to appreciate and respect the environment using the interesting, fun, enjoyable and interactive
    learning method by way of angling.

    Students will learn about the following subjects:

           Geography - Water Cycle and the Importance of
       Water; Weather Patterns, Wind Direction; Air Pressure.
           Biology - Common Plants and Animals Found Close to the Water Side; Fish Anatomy;
       Photosynthesis; Food Chain; Pond Life; Fish Identification; Feeding Habits and Fish Handling.
           Numeracy - Measuring Water Depth; Using Weights to Balance Floats; Line Strength and Test
       Curves of Rods.
           Literacy - Course Work and Compilation of Evidence Portfolio; Word Search and Written
       Assessment Paper.

    Additional Course Content Includes:

    Waterside Safety; The Countryside Code; Assembling and Using a Range of Angling Equipment; Bait
    Identification and Selection.

    All these skills enable young people to have an in-depth understanding of their environment and learn
    how to fish safely and correctly. This course can also assist cross curriculum study and be used as an
    alternative learning mechanism.

    Key personal skills developed through the course include:

    Working Together
    Improved Learning Techniques
    Forward Planning
    Organisational Skills
    Important Life Skills and Good Citizenship
    Wider Objectives

    The overall aim of the course is to introduce students to the fundamentals of angling, whilst at the same
    time helping schools and organisations working with young people to achieve their wider objectives.
    Most importantly, the majority of children from all social backgrounds can enjoy angling and research
    shows that learning is improved by taking part in an enjoyable activity.

    Every Child Matters
    This course can make a significant contribution to meeting the Every Child Matters national framework

    Being Healthy - sport reduces the risk of ill health for young people. As an outdoor sport angling
    contributes to maintaining a healthy lifestyle through social interaction, achievement and mental well-

    Staying Safe - angling promotes community cohesion, and can help reduce youth crime, anti-social
    behaviour, bullying and discrimination. Organisations such as Get Hooked on Fishing, police crime
    prevention teams and youth services have all successfully used angling as means of engaging with
    young people.

    Enjoying & Achieving - this course helps young people to learn and attain educational standards. It
    can also contribute to their personal and social development and to their enjoyment of leisure time.
    Angling is a fun sport undertaken in a healthy environment.

    Making a Positive Contribution - angling engages young people in community activity, such as
    keeping the local pond, river or canal free of litter. It also develops their self-confidence and encourages
    positive behaviour and relationships.

    Achieving Economic Well Being - angling can help young people to become economically active by
    providing training and employment opportunities both directly and indirectly.

    Who can use this course?

    The course is available for children and young people aged 10 years of age and above and can be
    delivered across age bands to help tackle anti-social behaviour. A range of organisations can deliver the
    course including:

            Schools
            Youth Groups, Scouts, Connexions
            Training Organisations
            Voluntary Groups and Organisations
    What does the qualification involve?

    The course is angling specific and an understanding of angling techniques is required to attain the
    standard of assessment. Students must undertake a minimum of 20 hours study including both
    theoretical and practical assessments. This includes:

              17 hours guided study with continuous course work review
              1 hour written assessment paper
              2 hour practical assessment (this must be carried out by a Level 2 Licensed Coach)

    Up to 20 students can undertake the course at any one time.

    There are three levels of attainment:

    Entry Level, Level One, Level Two.

    Each level a student achieves, earns 2 credits which represents 20 learning hours. A student achieving
    Level Two is working at the same level required at GCSE grades A-C.

    N-OCN accredit the award using an internal verifier for each course to ensure national standards are

    How to deliver the course:

    There are two methods of implementation which are determined by the level of angling experience
    within the organisation.

    Organisations without knowledge of angling:

    Both the theory and practical assessment must be delivered by fully qualified 1st4Sport Level 2
    Licensed Angling Coaches.

    Organisations with knowledge of angling:

    For the delivery of the guided study hours the organisation can use a youth leader, teacher, teaching
    assistant or AOTT who has successfully completed the 1st4Sport Level One Certificate in Coaching

    How can this qualification be used?

    This qualification is not only a great resource for the school, youth group or community programme, but
    also offers fantastic opportunities for young people to develop new skills. This can assist them in
    furthering their education or gaining employment in the following areas:

    Coaching Certificates, Sports Coaches in the Community, Fisheries Management Course in Further and
    Higher Education Institutions, Journalism, Retail and Sales Opportunities, Manufacturing Industry,
    Advertising, Work Experience Opportunities and Sports Development.
    Funding support?

    Funding is available to assist delivery of the Every Child Matters agenda through:

        1.   Children's Fund
        2.   Local Network Fund
             Both of these can be accessed through the Every Child Matters website:
        3.   Positive Futures
             funding can also be awarded, for more details visit: people/positive-
        4.   Angling projects meet the criteria for Awards for All Grants

    Course costs

    The Resource Pack, seen below, includes the CD Rom and instructional DVD for £30 including p&p
    (one pack per school required).

    Individual candidate registration and certification - £39.50 per student.

    A coaching cost for the delivery of the course.

    Supplementary resources

    Full Resource CD-ROM including:

            A 64 Page Manual on the Content of the Course
            Delivery Schedule & Required Learning Outcomes
            Candidate Registration Forms
            Assessment Criteria - Written & Practical Assessment Sheets
            Other Supporting Documents

    Also included is a Coarse Fishing Made Easy DVD:

    This provides detailed instruction on the practical elements of the course. It can be viewed in user
    friendly bite-sized sections. This DVD provides ICT support for the practical elements of the course.

    Who are the National Federation of Anglers?

    The NFA is the National Governing Body for Freshwater Angling and has been in existence since 1903.
    Its aims are to develop the sport through coaching and education, protect the environment and support
    clubs in managing their fisheries.

    Who are N-OCN?

    The National Open College Network (N-OCN) is the UK's foremost provider of accreditation services for
    learning. It is a QCA, CCEA and ACCAC recognised national qualification awarding body. N-OCN
    provides national qualifications and programmes in a wide range of subject areas and offers a local
    accreditation service which provides recognition of achievement through the award of credit.