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Activity Leadership (Outdoors) Apprenticeship Level 2 at Sheffield College

Course description

This Apprenticeship Programme offers you an exciting opportunity to earn while you learn.

As an apprentice you will study on the job, building up valuable knowledge and skills and gaining qualifications, while being paid a wage. Three days a week will be spent with an employer and two days a week you will be studying at college.  Training in this way provides you with job matched qualifications and a direct link into employment.

The Sheffield College already has good links with local employers, but applications from students who already have a placement are particularly welcome. 

The course is made up of a range of qualifications and you will learn about the sport and coaching, leadership, sport as a business, safeguarding and protecting young people and leading a healthy lifestyle. You will also study anatomy and physiology, injuries in sport and planning, delivering and evaluating a sport/leisure activity.

You will spend the majority of your week in a sport or leadership environment.  Whilst you are at work you will have regular visits from your college tutor who will help you achieve your qualification by demonstrating your skills and knowledge.  You will need a DBS (Disclosure Barring Service) check.

At college you will work towards a technical certificate in sport and will be expected to study Functional Skills in Maths or English where necessary and, depending on your workplace, will have the opportunity to study for additional National Governing Body Awards in sport. These may include emergency first aid at work and awards which include basketball and football coaching, fitness instructing courses at Level 1 and 2, community sports leadership award, bronze medallion swimming award and pool lifeguard.

Apprenticeship programmes are open to all ages and you will be paid a minimum of £2.68 per hour.

Staff and facilities

At College you will be taught by highly experienced qualified staff with a range of academic and industry backgrounds.

The excellent facilities for our sport students include a fitness quite, sports hall, gym, extensive outdoor pitches and courts, pool and sports laboratory.

Will the course suit me?

This course is suitable if you are interested in studying sport, health or outdoor activity and are keen to begin or develop your working life. You will need to have commitment to the course and be able to manage course work, and prove yourself to be a resourceful, reliable and committed employee.

Qualification title

Our Level 2 Apprenticeship in Sport consists of the following qualifications:

NCFE NVQ Level 2 Activity Leadership

NCFE Level 2 Award in Employment Awareness

And either

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Principles and Preparation of Coaching Sport


NCFE Level 2 Award in Introductory Work in the Outdoors





Entry requirements

4 GCSEs at a minimum Grade 3 / D including a minimum Grade D/Grade 3 in English Language and Maths.


On this course you will be continually assessed. Assessment methods include written assignments, presentations, observation of practical tasks, group or individual projects and the completion of log books. You will need to submit a portfolio to achieve your NVQ. This will be completed in the workplace, but you will have lots of support from the college. There are no formal exams.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Some apprenticeships lead to full time employment. Alternatively, apprentices may choose to study full time at college on a Level 3 sport course.

Further information

How to apply

School pupils in Sheffield should apply online with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 2602600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Thursday 12th October 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm-7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm-7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: HWIAL1