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Activity Leadership NVQ 2 NVQ 2 at The Manchester College

Course description

If you’ve got a passion for coaching others and would like to develop your skills further to lead sports sessions or outdoor activities, then this NVQ Level 2 in Activity Leadership is a great place to start, as you’ll find out exactly what makes a good coach. You’ll be learning a number of essential coaching skills in this practical course, including how to prepare for a session and then lead it effectively, how to set up equipment correctly and ensure there’s a safe environment, and how to look after children in your care and teach them the skills they need to succeed. As part of this course, you’ll get to work with highly qualified staff who have great links to professional sports clubs. As you develop the teamwork, leadership and coaching skills that will help you to a successful career, you’ll also get to learn all the about the sports industry, with expert advice from guest speakers and visits to top sports clubs and venues.

Entry requirements

Ideally, you should have at least two GCSE’s at grade D or above to enrol on this course, or a Level 1 or 2 sports vocational qualification from your school or college. You’ll be expected to work toward a Level 2/GCSE qualification in English and Maths too, if you don’t already have these. You’ll also need to have a good Record of Achievement/Progress File, and be enthusiastic about coaching sports, getting involved, and leading activities.


Assessment for this NVQ will be tailored to your needs, but will be practical-based and involve leading groups. You’ll also keep a record of everything you learn and complete in a log of work, with evidence of your practical sessions.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

After completing this Activity Leadership course, you’ll get a Level 2 NVQ Certificate in Sport, Recreation and Allied Occupations. From here, you’ll find a clear path in front of you at The Manchester College, as you could go on to study a Level 3 BTEC Diploma in Sports Development Coaching and Fitness or a Certificate in Delivering Physical Education. You may then want to develop your knowledge and experience further by advancing onto a Foundation Degree in Sports Coaching. Or, you might be ready to jump straight into one of a number of careers in the industry, as you become an activity leader, sports assistant or coach in schools, clubs and community centres.

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Nicholls Campus offers courses for school leavers, adults and university level students. Subject areas include business, care, IT, nursing and medical sciences. The campus is home to the Arden School of Theatre, offering professional training in the performing arts as part of The Manchester College. The campus also hosts courses in skills for life and independent living for students with learning difficulties.

      Nicholls Campus is a specialist centre for sport. It’s home to the Nicholls Community Football Centre of Excellence and the college’s Sports Academies in football, rugby and basketball.

      Facilities at Nicholls Campus include:

      • full size grass football pitch
      • synthetic five-a-side pitches
      • sports hall
      • fitness suite
      • IT suites
      • science labs
      • library resources centre (LRC)
      • canteen
      • a student common room with pool tables, table tennis, CD player and quiet seated area

      Local area

      Ardwick is close to Manchester’s city centre and the city's universities. Nicholls Campus includes an impressive Grade II listed building with its own gardens. There’s a small park within walking distance of the campus and a green space across the road.

      The nearby Manchester Apollo is a 3,500 capacity live music venue. Sportcity and the City of Manchester Stadium are five minutes away by car. There are a post office, supermarket and other shops nearby. The campus is on a main bus route from the city centre and is close to Ardwick train station.