Certificate in Supporting Learning in PE and School Sport – Level 2

“afPE believes that by 2015, coaches employed in or by schools supporting Curriculum time PE should be qualified to a Level 2 National Governing Body (NGB) Award and be working towards a Level 2 and 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport or equivalent, to comply with the forthcoming afPE Safe Practice Guidance for Schools.”

afPE, March 2013

What is the Course about?

Developed in partnership with the Association for Physical Education (afPE), the Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport aims to provide learners with an introduction to a number of roles through an engagement with physical education and school sport (PESS), including teaching, activity leadership and coaching for young people. The qualification provides learners with guidance on further opportunities, including how to contribute to PESS programmes as a sports leader, coach and teaching assistant. While this qualification is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by learners in working in other sporting environments, under appropriate guidance.

The qualification provides:

  • a basis on which to make informed choices about an appropriate career in physical education and school sport
  • an opportunity to develop an understanding of supporting learning in physical education and school sport
  • an opportunity to develop physical education and school sport knowledge and skills that can be applied to different educational and school sport related settings, such as coaching
  • an introduction to a career as a physical education teacher
  • an introduction to other opportunities to work as physical education and school sport professionals e.g. Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA), Teaching Assistant (TA), Coach, Sports Development Officer, Volunteer, Leader

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

What will you study and learn?

The qualification 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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What formal entry requirements will you need? 

Be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training

  • the 1st4sport Level 1 Principles of Coaching
  • GCSE (Grades D) - Maths and English desirable
  • a Level 1 BTEC in Sport in an appropriate subject at Distinction or Merit

What could the course lead to?

Opportunities may exist in schools to support the delivery of PE and school sport sessions, but the skills you will acquire are also relevant for leadership of other sport-related activities such as holiday clubs, summer camps and community clubs. However it is recommended that progression should be sought to the Level 3 Diploma in Physical Education and School Sport.