1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)

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The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF) develops knowledge and skills to allow individuals to support the delivery of physical education and school sport (PESS) programmes in a school sport environment. While it is delivered through the medium of PESS, the skills may be used by learners aspiring to work in other sporting roles, such as coaching.

This qualification is a mandatory component of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport, offered in the Active Leisure footprint.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

This qualification is not listed on the 16-19 performance tables. This is because it is not designed specifically for full-time 16-19 programmes as the qualification is occupational, hence its inclusion with the apprenticeships listed.

Education context

This qualification supports the mandatory competence and knowledge requirement of the Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport.

Awarding organisation
  • 1st4sport Qualifications
Qualification code

To qualify for the 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF), learners must successfully achieve 12 mandatory units. There are no optional units.

Learning is a combination of skills (work-based) and theory. Content has been developed by the Association for Physical Education and is supported by SkillsActive, the Sector Skills Council for Active Leisure, Learning, and Well-being, and CIMSPA, the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity.

Subject areas
  • Physical education
  • 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 physical education and school sport programmes
  • Deliver physical education and school sport programmes
  • 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
  • Level 3

Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).

Level 3 is the same level as the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6.

The RQF is the new system for cataloguing all qualifications regulated by Ofqual, indexing them by level and size.

The QCF was a credit-based transfer system which recognised qualifications and units by awarding credits. It has now been withdrawn for all new qualifications.


This qualification is awarded on a Pass/Fail basis. All 12 mandatory units must be passed for a learner to be awarded the qualification.


This qualification is internally assessed in its entirety. 

Learners are provided with pre-standardised assessment tools and templates, and centres provided with assessment guidance in order to assess that learners work effectively. These tools and templates have been developed to ensure full coverage of the learning outcomes and assessment criteria.

Internal quality assurance is required for all centres, and external quality assurance is conducted at regular intervals by subject-specific external quality assurers deployed by 1st4sport Qualifications.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

The internally assessed element forms 100% of the overall grade. There is no external assessment.

Resit arrangements

The recognised centre is required to ensure learners who are unsuccessful in any aspect of assessment are offered a maximum of two opportunities to resit the appropriate assessment component within their period of registration (three years).

All reassessments must be conducted in accordance with the assessment specification.

Guided/notional learning hours
283 hours
Guided/notional learning hours notes

This qualification is worth 54 credits.

UCAS Tariff points

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Key issues for UK HE admissions

Learners who have successfully achieved this qualification will have experience of operating in a school environment, planning and delivering physical education and school sport sessions. They will have an understanding of the teaching profession and possess a foundation knowledge of this area. It would provide a good foundation for learners looking to train as a teacher, particularly in this subject area.

Applicants for higher education may present this qualification from 2017.

This qualification may be delivered alongside other qualifications, normally within an apprenticeship structure. 

Timing of assessments/results for learners

Learners undergo continuous assessment during the programme.

Assessment outcomes are communicated to learners at the time of assessment and reported to 1st4sport at the successful completion of the assessment programme.

Qualification date
Starting from 01 Jun 2013
Qualification dates notes

This is a current qualification.

Reporting and certification information

The results of this qualification are not reported to UCAS through Awarding Body Linkage (ABL). 

As results are not available through ABL, HEPs will need to ask applicants to provide their own evidence of achievement.

Progression information

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF) prepares learners for employment in a school sport setting, and provides opportunities for work as a physical education and school sport professional. This could include roles such as a Senior Children’s Activity Professional, a School Sport Volunteer, a School Sports Coach (when held in conjunction with one [or more] sports coaching qualifications), or a School Sports Leader.

The qualification can help learners become a qualified teaching assistant (TA) or higher level teaching assistant (HLTA).

Five of the units form part of the Level 3 Certificate in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF) and the Level 3 Diploma in Specialist Support for Teaching and Learning in Schools (QCF). They also cover the underpinning knowledge and understanding for those working directly with children or young people in schools. Equally, the qualification would provide a sound base from which to enter a teacher training programme.