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Sport - NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport (Football Coaching) at North Kent College

Course description

The NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport & Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) qualification is suited to students who wish to continue their academic studies in a specialised educational area. The course is aimed at 16-19 year olds who have just completed their GCSEs, or are looking to get back into education to study in this expanding and desirable subject area. The course provides a solid grounding for students wishing to enter the world of football coaching and its associated industries, either through progression to university or by entering employment.

Course content

The course consists of 6 units. During the academic year the units will be studied and assessed which will lead to achievement in a Level 3 Certificate in Sport & Physical Activity qualification. On completion of the Certificate you will discuss with your tutors whether you wish to continue onto the Diploma or to progress to employment or other courses in the area.

In addition the course also offers the FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football. (Year 1). Units include: Preparing for a Career in Sport & Physical Activity; Work Experience in Sport; Exercise, Health & Lifestyle; Sports Coaching and Analysis of Sports Performance.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs grades A*- C; these must include English or Maths; PE is also desirable or a BTEC or NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport at a Merit grade. Applicants must be willing to be involved in all aspects of sport and exercise, including practical as well as theoretical.


How will I be assessed? A wide variety of assessments will be used. The NCFE program will use continuous assessments and practical examinations. You will be able to track your performance as you work towards the pass, merit and distinction grades. Methods of assessment will include: reports, presentations, practical demonstrations, coaching sessions, posters, leaflets, experiments, interviews and discussions. To facilitate assessment, you will be expected to devote personal time for your studies. The FA Courses require you to be able to demonstrate planning, delivery and evaluation of safe coaching sessions.

How will I be taught? The program is a combination of practical training and classroom theory sessions. Each lesson will provide you with assessment opportunities as you work to achieve your goals and targets. You will need an active passion in sport and your tutors will encourage you to discuss your own achievements as well as the issues in modern sport.

Financial information

Tuition Fees: 16-18 - free

19+ Advanced Learning Loan - £2225

Exam and Registration Fees (payable by all aged 19 and over): £110

This course may also attract additional costs, for example, kit, uniform or books, that all students will be required to pay. Please contact the College for further details.

Future opportunities

What can I do when I finish my course?

The majority of learners progress onto the Level 3 Diploma in Sport & Physical Activity course. Due to the diverse nature of the course, students are well suited to continuing their studies with degrees in sports studies, sports coaching and sports management being amongst the most popular. If you want to progress into employment the following areas in the sports and leisure industry would be suitable; health & fitness, leisure centre management, football coaching, multi-sport coaching and instructing.

Further information

Additional Courses? During the course, there will be opportunities to achieve other qualifications in addition to your main NCFE program. These additional qualifications may include work skills, drug awareness, first-aid, sport-specific coaching badges, gym instructing and other sport-related qualifications. Please note - there may be an additional cost to these courses.

What qualification will I gain? NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport & Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) FA Level 1 Award in Coaching Football.

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: 08 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Course code: L2D176P
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  • Number of planned places: 36