Qualification Number: 603/2130/1

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport has been developed in partnership with the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and is supported by employers and the industry. The qualification further develops your knowledge and understanding of a number of roles in providing Physical Education and School Sport (PESS). While it is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by learners aspiring to work in other sporting roles, such as coaching. 100% of the learning that you will receive will support you in being able to assist others in the delivery of physical education and school sport in a suitable environment.

The qualification comprises eight units of assessment. During your achievement of the qualification you will complete the following learning outcomes:

  • Communicating and maintaining professional relationship with children, young people and adults
  • understanding how children and young people develop, recognising when additional support may be required
  • understanding schools as organisations and the infrastructure behind this (education policy, legislation, school policies and procedures, school roles and responsibilities of staff and other key individuals)
  • being able to support, and assist with the review of, assessment for learning, working with both learners and teachers
  • Planning, delivering and reviewing physical education and school sport programmes

During your learning and assessment programme, you will be assessed on the completion of a series of written tasks, the delivery of a number of individual session plans and self-reflection activities.

Alongside an NGB recognised level 2 coaching qualification the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport is recognised as the industry standard qualification for Senior children’s activity professionals by the trade association for providers of sports and physical activity in schools and the wider community.

The qualification also has the support of CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity, as an industry-relevant qualification contributing to the industry’s professional framework also.

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

This qualification (1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport) is a smaller qualification when compared to the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport , which includes a further four units. Learning and assessment programmes for the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport will also require you to be assessed delivering physical education and school sport activities in a real school sport environment. This is not the case for the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport.

To access the 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport you need to be 17 years of age of older, 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), etc) and be able to effectively communicate in English prior to registering for the qualification.

The 1st4sport Level 3 Certificate in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport prepares you for employment in a school sport setting through providing an introduction to opportunities for you to work as a physical education and school sport professional such as a children’s activity professional; sports development officer; sports coach; sports volunteer or leader.

The qualification can help you become a qualified Teaching Assistant (TA) or Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA). The qualification assessment has been mapped against professional standards for teaching assistants developed in June 2016 and can help provide evidence for completion of other teaching related qualifications.

Fees are charged per learner and provide registration and certification for the qualification, as well as a 1st4sport Learner Pack, learning resources and a Certificate.

There are no costs involved in applying or becoming a 1st4sport recognised centre. Further information on fees is available in your qualification application pack.