NVQ in PE

1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport

In partnership with:

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“With the recent government commitment to physical education and school sport, we have an opportunity to ensure a sustainable legacy in this area. This qualification will upskill colleagues supporting curriculum delivery and school sport.”

Sue Wilkinson, Strategic Lead, afPE

“We will be ensuring our members, organisations that are deploying children’s activity providers in schools, see these qualifications as the minimum operating standards for their employees to be able to support schools with the delivery of their physical activity programmes.”

Dean Horridge, Chief Executive, Compass


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Qualification Number

600/9577/5

TQT (Guided Learning Hours) 540 (283)
SFA/LAD Funding Code

600/9577/5

Apprenticeships Combined knowledge and competence component for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
Entry age: 16
Qualification Operational Start Date 01/08/13
Qualification Review Date 31/12/2019
Certification End Date 31/12/2022
Qualification Specification Download

This qualification is equivalent to Level 4 on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF)*.

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport 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 as a:

  • higher level teaching assistant (HLTA)
  • teaching assistant (TA)
  • sports development officer
  • sports coach, volunteer or leader.

The qualification is perfect for those who already work, or aspire to work, in a physical education and school sport setting as it specifically designed to provide them with a greater understanding of programmes of study for physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.

What’s more, an additional benefit is that completing this qualification can help learners work towards becoming a TA. This is because it can also lead to the achievement of the Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, which is a qualification that provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding for those working directly with children or young people in schools.

The qualification is also the combined knowledge and competence component for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport.


*Please note there may be exceptions to the above. Further information about the EQF can be found on the EQF Portal.

Learners are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • hold a Level 2 physical education or sport related qualification, examples include:
    • the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
    • GCSE in Physical Education (Grades A-C)
    • a Level 2 National Governing Body of Sport coaching qualification
    • a Level 2 BTEC in Sport
    • a Level 2 qualification in sports/activity leadership or
    • a 1st4sport recognised equivalent
  • be able to communicate effectively in English1 (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

There are no additional pre-requisites to certification other then successful completion of the required assessments.

1 Learners must be able to understand the requirements of the qualification and the information within the qualification materials in English without assistance. Where there is demand, this qualification may also be available in Welsh or Irish.

The qualification is composed of 12 mandatory units (Units 1-8 are also contained within the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport), giving learners 54 credits.

Title Accreditation No. Credit GLH*
U1 Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults F/601/3327 2 10
U2 Schools as organisations A/601/3326 3 15
U3 Understand Child and Young Person Development L/601/1693 4 30
U4 Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People Y/601/1695 3 25
U5 Support assessment for learning A/601/4072 4 20
U6 Plan a Physical Education and School Sport Programme J/505/1759 5 29
U7 Deliver a Physical Education and School Sport Programme F/505/1761 4 22
U8 Review the Delivery of a Physical Education and School Sport Programme J/505/1762 3 13
U9 Organise and lead a sports event or competition H/601/8410 3 10
U10 Preparing for the mentoring role T/503/5511 3 15
U11 Support gifted and talented learners R/601/7723 4 21
U12 Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity F/503/0652 16 73
  54 283

*Guided learning hours

Unlike many other awarding organisations, who just supply you with the basic qualification standards, we go that extra mile to support you by providing:

  • full and comprehensive Learner Packs, which include a full set of structured learning and assessment tasks to help you deliver and assess the qualification
  • tutor/assessor guidance notes, which include sample answers to support you when assessing your learners
  • online qualification administration, enabling you to process learners quickly and effectively, and making the records we hold on your learners accessible to you at the click of a mouse.

For recognised centres and their workforce, the qualification is supported by the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport:

  • Qualification Specification outlining the requirements of delivering and assessing the qualification
  • Qualification Handbook (available via Athena, the 1st4sport Quality Management Systems)
  • Unit Specifications (available via Athena following qualification approval)
  • Delivery, Assessment and Quality Assurance Approach, detailing delivery guidance, assessment level of attainment and IQA support
  • assessment tools.

For learners, the qualification is supported by the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport:

  • Learner Portfolio
  • assessment tools

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and certificate. Centre recognition, qualification approval and annual centre fees may also be applicable.

Organisations new to 1st4sport

If you would like to offer this qualification, please contact [email protected].

This qualification sits on the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). Further information about the benefits of the RQF can be found by visiting the Ofqual website.

All learners being registered for RQF qualifications are required to have a Unique Learner Number (ULN) issued by the Learning Records Service. To be approved to offer this RQF qualification, you will need to demonstrate that you can access and verify learners’ ULNs with the Learning Records Service Organisational Portal. For more information about this process, please visit Learning Records Service website.