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Level 3 Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport at Leeds City College

Course description

Work as a sports coach/teacher or leader, sports development officer, or sports teaching assistant in various settings with this course.

You will gain a mix of theory and practice in this course, making you employment ready. This course includes a placement in a school setting, a large part of your course requires you to complete this placement. Don't worry if you do not have one, we can help you arrange it. (This course requires a large placement in a school setting of over 100 hours in order to pass the course)

Course content

The course specifically designed to students with a greater understanding of physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.


  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand How to Safeguard the Wellbeing of Children and Young People
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Plan a Physical Education and School Sport Programme
  • Deliver a Physical Education and School Sport Programme
  • Review the Delivery of a Physical Education and School Sport Programme
  • Organise and lead a sports event or competition
  • Preparing for the mentoring role
  • Support gifted and talented learners
  • Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or above including Maths and English or equivalent (L2 Functional Skills), a Higher Diploma (which is equivalent to 7 GCSEs at Grades A* - C), NVQ2 or Level 2 Diploma at Merit grade with Maths and English at minimum grade C or equivalent (Level 2 in Functional Skills). Some courses may require the achievement of specific qualifications/grades.

All applicants must have a genuine interest in working in sport, be prepared to participate in physical activities, work in a team, overcome personal challenges and have an enthusiastic approach to learning. Applicants must be willing to work flexibly with their placement in order to achieve their work experience hours.


A wide range of assessment methods will be used including:

  • Written reports
  • Presentations
  • Video evidence
  • Interviews
  • Blog and Diary Entries
  • Practical Demonstrations

Future opportunities

Students who complete this course can apply directly for a job as sports coach with a School, Local Authority or National Governing Body. They can also go onto further training to qualify as a Teaching Assistant or Higher Teaching Assistant.

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:

Sports Coach, Volunteer Or Leader.

Sports Development Officer

Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)

Teaching Assistant (TA)

The course will also include the following additional qualifications to improve the student’s employability; 1st4sport Level 2 Award in Multi-Skills Development in Sport and a Level 2 Award in Emergency First Aid at Work.

Further information

English and Maths will be built into your course if your grades are below 4/5

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 November 2017
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