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NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport - Level 3

Academy of Sport


This course has been developed in conjunction with Sport Nottinghamshire who support the delivery of Physical Education in the region. This partnership, will ensure that you will get real life experiences of coaching/delivering physical education and school sport in local primary schools.

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF) has been developed in partnership with the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and with the support of Compass – the association of sports and activity providers. It is a competence-based qualification that confirms occupational competency for those operating in a school sport setting and provides an introduction to further opportunities for them to work within physical education and school sport.

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Entry requirements

  • Four GCSEs with at least 4 points (grade ) including English or maths OR
  • A Level 2 Diploma in Sport (Active Leadership) OR
  • A related BTEC Level 2 diploma/NCFE at merit level.

You will need to attend an interview with the tutor before being accepted on to the course. You may also need to supply at least one written reference from a teacher or employer (in some cases two) and/or your current school or college report.

Mature students (those aged 21 or over) who do not have the qualifications required for entry may still be eligible, subject to an interview. Relevant experience, a strong portfolio of work and a commitment to the subject you wish to study may be acceptable for certain courses.

Start dates and fees

Start DateDurationCodeAnnual Fee (Age)Actions
16-18over 19
Sep 20171 yr(s)4706A1379FREEFREE* to £1670.00Apply online
Sep 20181 yr(s)4706A1379FREEFREE* to £1670.00Apply online

* If you are aged 19-23 and studying your first Level 3 course then that course may be free. Please contact us for more details. If you are aged 19 or over and either studying a second Level 3 course or qualifying Level 4, 5 or 6 course you may be able to apply for an Advanced Learner Loan to cover the costs.

How long is the course?

One year.


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is all portfolio based, including practical observations of sport sessions.

What does the course lead to?

This is perfect for those who aspire to work in a PE and school sport setting. It gives an understanding of the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating. Career opportunities include the following:

  • Physical education teacher (after the successful completion of a degree/PGCE qualification with QTS)
  • Physical education teaching assistant
  • Sports development officer
  • Sports coach, volunteer or leader.

What will I study?

The course is made up of 12 units. The units include:

  • Plan a physical education and school sport programme
  • Deliver a physical education and school sport programme
  • Review the delivery of a physical education and school sport programme
  • Organise and lead a sports event or competition
  • Support gifted and talented learners
  • Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity

Learners must achieve a total of 54 credits to achieve the Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF); which must be achieved through completion of all eight mandatory units.

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

How do I apply?

Please email to register your interest in applying for this course.

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