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Higher Sports Leader Award (HLSA) at The Marsh Academy

Course description

The Higher Sports Leaders Award (HSLA) is a level 3 leadership course offered
by Sports Leaders UK, in order to develop the coaching and leadership abilities
of young people. This course also gives the opportunity for young people to
gain qualifications and skills within coaching, which will benefit them in the
This course is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful
candidates to lead unsupervised groups of people in sport and recreational
activities. It teaches generic leadership skills such as organisation, planning,
communication and teamwork through the medium of sport. It is a fun and
practical qualification.

Course content

The Sports Leaders UK Level 3 Award in Higher Sports builds upon the
leadership skills and experience gained through the Level 2 Award in
Community Sports Leadership. This course gives students the opportunity to
learn the skills needed to plan and deliver sessions for specialist community
groups and schools to develop their knowledge on coaching/leading on
different sports. It helps to develop confidence and the ability to communicate
effectively with other people and peers. The course is of value to those who
wish to further develop their coaching skills or progress onto a career in Sport
or PE teaching.

Entry requirements

Minimum of a grade 4 in GCSE English.


In order for you to complete your Level 3 Certificate you must complete 30
hours demonstration of leadership within the community. These must be
10 hours in the mandatory unit 2 and two from the three optional areas
of children, older people or people with disabilities. There are no final
examinations to sit and the is a mixture of practical and classroom lessons.
Each unit is assessed against the Learning Outcomes.
The award is also worth 30 UCAS points.
Unit 1 – Developing leadership skills
Unit 2 - Provision of sport within the community (mandatory unit)
Unit 3 – Lead sessions designed to improve fitness
Unit 4 – Organise and lead a sports event or competition
Unit 5 - Legal and ethical responsibilities when working with others
Unit 6 - Lead sport/activity sessions for children (optional unit)
Unit 7 - Lead sport/activity sessions for older people (optional unit)
Unit 8 - Lead sport/activity sessions for disabled people (optional unit)

Future opportunities

This qualification has been developed to enable progression into the following
• Sports management
• Sports development
• Sports coaching
• Leisure management

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: 20 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September