Level 1 Cycling Skills Off-Road


To enable the client to demonstrate the skills and understanding to be able to make a trip and undertake activities safely in a motor traffic free area and as a pre-requisite to Level 2 and 3 of the National Cycling Standard course.


The customer will demonstrate the following;

  • Carry out a simple bike check
  • Get on and off bike correctly and without help
  • Start off and pedal correctly and without help
  • Stop correctly and without help
  • Ride along without help a minute or more
  • Manoeuvre the bike where they want it to go
  • Use the gears correctly, if bike is fitted with gears
  • Stop quickly with control
  • Manoeuvre safely to avoid objects
  • Look all round, including behind without wobbling
  • Signal right and left without wobbling

Course Outline

1 to 2 hours dependent on starting skill level and cycling experience.

Bike check.

Skills exercises, including manoeuvring between small thin plastic mouldings.

Training Site

A suitable area will be a tarmac area such as a playground, leisure area or cordoned off car park is required for the sessions.

Pre-course Documentation

All students will receive the following documentation in advance of the course. In the case of year 5 and 6 pupils their parent/guardian will be sent the documents.
A letter of invitation to the course detailing requirements for attendance.

  • Course lesson plan including time table of events.
  • A bike check form
  • Parent/guardian consent form in the case of year 5 and 6 pupils
  • Continuous assessment form and student attendance record.
  • Health and Safety Statement
  • Attendance times
  • Payment method

Start of Course

Students will arrive with a road worthy bike and the Bike Check form filled in. Year 5 and 6 students require this form to be signed by their parent or guardian.

If a bike is not road worthy the student will not be able to use the bike for the course.

If a Bike Check form has not been signed by the parent or guardian of a Year 5 or 6 student the bike can not be used on the course.


Course Numbers and Age Groups

This course is designed with a number of variables depending on the age group and skill sets of the client. The course is designed as follows;

  • A maximum of 15 pupils for Year 5 and 6.
  • If course is part 1 of a Level 1 and 2 courses then the maximum number is 6 clients for Year 6 and over.
  • Students who are 18 plus and taking part 1 of a level 3 course the maximum is 1 client.

Pre-requisites for this Course

The bike used must be road worthy. The Bike Check form will help to confirm this.

Suitable clothing for riding a bike must be worn. For example;

  • Trainers are good, flip-flops are not.
  • Wet weather clothes for those rainy days. Concentration is lost when you are wet and cold.
  • Warm clothes and gloves for cold days. Concentration is lost when you are cold.
  • If the weather is hot and sunny, lose fitting clothes are good, but you may need to bring cycle clips if you are wearing baggy trousers. Bring water and bring and use sun barrier cream.
  • A cycling helmet which fits and is not damaged. It is very strongly advised that you wear a cycling helmet at this the learning stage of cycling.

Check List

  • Road worthy bike
  • Bike Check form filled in and signed
  • Consent form, (if required) signed
  • Your cycle helmet
  • Suitable clothing for riding a bike in the weather conditions
  • Water and sun barrier cream if sunny
  • Continuous assessment form and student attendance record

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