Activity Leadership Intermediate Apprenticeship

Qualifications this framework includes

  • NVQ Certificate in Activity Leadership – Level 2
  • Certificate in Supporting Learning in PE and School Sport – Level 2
  • Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning – Level 2

What is this course about?

A qualification in Activity Leadership is primarily designed for those leading activity sessions in sport and active leisure, offering taster recreational sessions, or leading an outdoor activity. You will work in the Industry while working towards and NVQ level 2 and a Technical Industry Qualification specific to your chosen pathway.

You'll demonstrate the skills to prepare and run a safe and organised session, look after your participants and ensure everyone is included.

What will you study and learn?

The different elements can be combined in one qualification, or be covered in separate qualifications, but all elements must be achieved to obtain a full Apprentice Certificate.

There are four pathways for this qualification

  • Pathway 1: Outdoors
  • Pathway 2: Exercise and Fitness
  • Pathway 3: Coaching
  • Pathway 4: Activity Leadership

Mandatory Units:

  • Prepare for activity sessions
  • Lead activity sessions
  • Conclude and review activity sessions
  • Support the work of the team and organisation
  • Promote health, safety and welfare in active leisure and recreation
  • Support equality and diversity in active leisure and recreation

Optional Units:

  • Contribute to participants personal and social development
  • Contribute to participants exploration and understanding of the natural environment
  • Administer finance and information
  • Contribute to joint working with other organisations
  • Support the development of the sport or activity
  • Look after participants when they are away from home
  • Enable disabled people to take part in activities
  • Contribute to adventurous activities contribute to environmental conservation in active leisure and recreation
  • Set up, take down and store activity equipment
  • Check and service activity equipment
  • Give customers a positive impression of yourself and your organisation

The Certificate in Supporting Learning in PE and School Sport is divided into 9 Mandatory Units:

Unit 1 Understanding Key Legislation related to Physical Education and School Sport
Unit 2 Principles of Teaching Physical Education and coaching School Sport
Unit 3 Principles of Safe Practice in Physical Education and School Sport
Unit 4 Principles of Child Development through Movement
Unit 5 Promote Life Long Health and Well Being
Unit 6 Principles of Inclusion in Physical Education and School Sport
Unit 7 Prepare for Physical Education and School Sport Activities
Unit 8 Lead Physical Education and School Sport Activities
Unit 9 Conclude and Review Physical Education and School Sports Activities

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How is the course assessed?

You will be required to complete a number of tasks and have evidence in a portfolio from a number of sources including observations, professional discussions and portfolio assessments.

What skills will I need for this course?

This course will appeal to those students who:

  • Want to study a course that is active and enjoyable and have a keen interest in leisure and sport
  • Enjoy studying a subject that is relevant to their own lives and experience
  • Want the opportunity to carry out practical work outdoors as well as classwork
  • Enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations

What formal entry requirements will I need?

Level 2 diploma in an appropriate subject at Distinction/Merit with GCSEs in English and maths at a minimum of grade C.


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.

What next?

On completion of this apprenticeship, learners can progress onto a specialist role in teaching exercise to children, or onto the Advanced Level Sports Development Apprenticeship and progress to roles which are more specialist and require greater technical knowledge and skills.

Alternatively, a qualification in Activity Leadership could lead to one of the following roles:

Activity Leader:
Prepare, lead, conclude and review appropriate outdoor activity sessions in a safe, engaging and inclusive manner for a range of participants. Other duties could include areas such as basic equipment maintenance and care.

Fitness Instructor:
Prepare for, plan, deliver and evaluate exercise and fitness sessions for a variety of apparently healthy groups of people

Community Sports Coach:
Plan, prepare, deliver and evaluate the coaching programme to develop participants of the given sport

P.E and School Sport Coach:

Principles of teaching physical education and School sport with safe, effective practice. An understanding of child development. Plan, prepare, deliver, conclude lessons that are inclusive and develop lifelong health and wellbeing.