Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport – Level 3

“Any adult supporting teachers in a physical education or school sport capacity should be qualified to a Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) Award and working towards a Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport or equivalent.”

afPE, March 2013

Qualifications this framework includes

NVQ Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport - Level 3

(Includes: Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning & Technical Certficate)

What is the Course About?

This qualification will meet the needs of employers by providing vocational pathways into the provision of Children’s Physical Activity and School Sport delivery and development. The course will ensure that there are suitably qualified people with the knowledge, understanding and competency to deliver, plan, organise and assess the learning of children in a range of environments including the community and schools.

This course was developed to support the achievement of the Government's School Sport Policy and lasting legacy of the 2012 Games. It will provide learners the opportunity to deliver/support the delivery of low risk activities that contribute to a physical education and school sport programme through curriculum based and/or extra-curricular activities – this could also include holiday programmes.

This course will prepare learners for employment in a school sport setting by providing an introduction to opportunities for them to work as a physical education and school sport professional e.g. as a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA), teaching assistant (TA), sports coach, sports development officer, sports volunteer or sports leader.

There are a number of deficiencies in the school sports provision arena, which this course will help to address:

  • Primary School teachers receiving less than 10 hours training in delivering Physical Education during their teacher training.
  • England is currently the 5th unhealthiest country in the world and it is a Government priority to tackle this trend.
  • Almost a fourth of children are overweight or obese by the time they start primary school, and more than a third are unhealthily heavy by the time they leave.

This course aims to ensure that the workforce can support Children and Young People to participate in School Sport and Physical Activity. It is also seen that the role of this course will ensure that the workforce can develop and deliver high quality physical activity sessions for children including:

  • Supporting Gifted and Talented children/young people
  • Facilitating community-based sport and physical activity
  • Deliver physical education and school sport programmes with clear curriculum links and progression
  • Understand child and young people development
  • Understanding of schools and how physical activity influences education • Support the assessment of children in learning through physical activity
  • Providing those contributing to physical education and school sport activity programmes with a greater understanding of the National Curriculum for Physical Education and the environment in which they operate
  • Improve the quality of delivery of physical education and school sport activity programmes
  • Provide Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils with a better experience/engagement of physical education and school sport activities
  • Ensure Physical Education and school sport activity programmes (including curricular and extra-curricular activities) are delivered to meet the low risk areas of the National Curriculum for Physical Education
  • Provide Physical Education and School Sport Professionals, such as sports coaches, with an opportunity to be supported to develop their knowledge and understanding of how to effectively plan, conduct and evaluate a physical education and school sport programme that includes curriculum and extra curriculum activities 

What will you study and learn?

All units are mandatory – The Certificate has 8 the Diploma has 12

A range of qualifications with a variety of credit values are available. These include:

  • Unit 3 Understand child and young person development
  • Unit 5 Support assessment for learning
  • Unit 6 Plan a physical education and school sport programme
  • Unit 7 Deliver a physical education and school sport programme
  • Unit 8 Review the delivery of a physical education and school sport programme
  • Unit 9 Organise and lead a sport event or competition
  • Unit 10 Preparing for the mentoring role

What formal entry requirements will you need?

  • Be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • 5 GCSEs (A*-C) or equivalent, including English and maths at minimum of grade C (Learners without a C in math or English will be required to undertake Functional Skills as part of this programme.
  • Hold a Level 2 physical education or sport related qualification (desirable), examples include:
    The 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)

What could the course lead to in Higher Education or Careers?

  • Progression from this course includes providing an introduction to opportunities for them to work as a physical education and school sport professionals e.g. as a higher level teaching assistant (HLTA), teaching assistant (TA), sports coach, sports development officer, sports volunteer or sports leader.
  • This apprenticeship will provide learners with guidance on further opportunities including;
  • Contributing to physical education and school sport programmes as a sports coach, sports leaders and teaching assistant roles.
  • Enabling learners to make informed choices about an appropriate career in physical education/activity and school sport including potential of becoming a PE Teacher or Support staff within education (Primary & Secondary).
  • Progressing into Management and Assessing roles within the sector and across sectors including Sport, Health & Fitness and Leisure.