NCFE Level 3 Sport suite

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Countries
  • England
  • Wales
  • Northern Ireland
Purpose

These qualifications are not listed on the DfE 16 – 19 performance tables.

The NCFE Level 3 Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport are ideal for learners who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge in a range of sport techniques and skills.

They aim to help support learners’ development by providing them with the advanced skills and knowledge to either start a career in sport or progress within employment in the sector.

They will also provide progression opportunities and prepare learners for higher or further education.

The pathways within the qualifications allow learners to follow a particular specialist area, but still allow flexibility in the choice of unit combinations. 

The objectives of these qualifications are to:

  • allow learners to choose a pathway and units that reflect their career or academic aspirations
  • enable learners to enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector, or to progress to higher or further education
  • gain and develop essential skills that are valued by employers, and higher and further education providers.
Education context

These qualifications are designed for use within 16 to 19 Study Programmes, which provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans.

Study programmes normally include substantial academic or applied and technical qualifications, together with non-qualification activity including work experience, and the study of English and mathematics where students do not hold a GCSE graded A*–C in these subjects.

They are focused on progression to the next level of education, a traineeship or apprenticeship, or other employment.

Awarding organisation
  • NCFE
Qualification codes
601/3060/X (NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport)
601/3059/3 (NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport)
601/3061/1 (NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport)
Structure

The qualifications are graded Pass, Merit, Distinction and Distinction*.

The unit grades and external assessment grades are aggregated to form the final overall qualification grade.

A Distinction* grade will be awarded to learners who have consistently achieved a Distinction grade in every unit.

Subject areas

Pathway 1: Sport, exercise and fitness, consists of two mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 Exercise, health and lifestyle (10 credits)
  • Unit 02 Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport (10 credits)

and 27 optional units:

  • Unit 03 Practical team sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 04 Practical individual sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 05 The physiology of fitness (10 credits)
  • Unit 06 Assessing risk in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 07 Fitness training and programming (10 credits)
  • Unit 08 Fitness testing for sport and exercise (10 credits)
  • Unit 09 Sports nutrition (10 credits)
  • Unit 10 Psychology for sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 11 Technical and tactical skills in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 12 The athlete's lifestyle (10 credits)
  • Unit 13 Current issues in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 14 Instructing physical activity and exercise (10 credits)
  • Unit 15 Sport injuries (10 credits)
  • Unit 16 Sports facilities and operational management (10 credits)
  • Unit 17 Sports coaching (10 credits)
  • Unit 18 Sports development (10 credits)
  • Unit 19 Leadership in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 20 Analysis of sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 21 Ethics and values in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 22 Business in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 23 Sport and exercise massage (10 credits)
  • Unit 24 Organising sports events(10 credits)
  • Unit 25 Work experience in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 26 Research project in sport and exercise sciences (10 credits)
  • Unit 27 Applied Strength and conditioning (10 credits)

Pathway 2: Outdoors, consists of two mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 Exercise, health and lifestyle (10 credits)
  • Unit 02 Principles and practices in outdoor adventure (10 credits)

and 26 optional units:

  • Unit 03 Practical team sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 04 Practical individual sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 05 Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 06 The physiology of fitness (10 credits)
  • Unit 07 Assessing risk in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 08 Sports nutrition (10 credits)
  • Unit 09 Psychology for sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 10 Current issues in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 11 Sport injuries (10 credits)
  • Unit 12 Sports facilities and operational management (10 credits)
  • Unit 13 Sports coaching (10 credits)
  • Unit 14 Sports development (10 credits)
  • Unit 15 Leadership in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 16 Impact and sustainability in outdoor adventure (10 credits)
  • Unit 17 Alternative pursuits in outdoor adventure (10 credits)
  • Unit 18 Environmental education for outdoor adventure (10 credits)
  • Unit 19 Equipment and facilities for outdoor and adventurous activities (10 credits)
  • Unit 20 Skills for land-based outdoor and adventurous activities (10 credits)
  • Unit 21 Skills for water-based outdoor and adventurous activities (10 credits)
  • Unit 22 Outdoor and adventurous expeditions (10 credits)
  • Unit 23 Ethics and values in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 24 Business in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 25 Sport and exercise massage (10 credits)
  • Unit 26 Organising sports events (10 credits)
  • Unit 27 Work experience in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 28 Applied strength and conditioning (10 credits)

Pathway 3: Working in sport, consists of two mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 Exercise, health and lifestyle (10 credits)
  • Unit 02 Work experience in sport (10 credits)

and 22 optional units:

  • Unit 03 Practical team sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 04 Practical individual sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 05 Assessing risk in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 06 Fitness training and programming (10 credits)
  • Unit 07 Fitness testing for sport and exercise (10 credits)
  • Unit 08 Sports nutrition (10 credits)
  • Unit 09 Psychology for sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 10 Current issues in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 11 Instructing physical activity and exercise (10 credits)
  • Unit 12 Sport injuries (10 credits)
  • Unit 13 Sports facilities and operational management (10 credits)
  • Unit 14 Sports coaching (10 credits)
  • Unit 15 Sports development (10 credits)
  • Unit 16 Leadership in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 17 Outdoor and adventurous expeditions (10 credits)
  • Unit 18 Analysis of sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 19 Ethics and values in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 20 Business in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 21 Sport and exercise massage (10 credits)
  • Unit 22 Organising sports events (10 credits)
  • Unit 23 Research project in sport and exercise sciences (10 credits)
  • Unit 24 Applied strength and conditioning (10 credits)

Pathway 4: Coaching, consists of two mandatory units:

  • Unit 01 Exercise, health and lifestyle (10 credits)
  • Unit 02 Sports coaching (10 credits)

and 23 optional units:

  • Unit 03 Practical team sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 04 Practical individual sports (10 credits)
  • Unit 05 Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 06 The physiology of fitness (10 credits)
  • Unit 07 Assessing risk in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 08 Fitness training and programming (10 credits)
  • Unit 09 Fitness testing for sport and exercise (10 credits)
  • Unit 10 Sports nutrition (10 credits)
  • Unit 11 Psychology for sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 12 Technical and tactical skills in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 13 The athlete's lifestyle (10 credits)
  • Unit 14 Current issues in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 15 Instructing physical activity and exercise (10 credits)
  • Unit 16 Sport injuries (10 credits)
  • Unit 17 Sports development (10 credits)
  • Unit 18 Leadership in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 19 Analysis of sports performance (10 credits)
  • Unit 20 Ethics and values in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 21 Business in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 22 Sport and exercise massage (10 credits)
  • Unit 23 Organising sports events (10 credits)
  • Unit 24 Work experience in sport (10 credits)
  • Unit 25 Applied strength and conditioning (10 credits)
Levels
  • Level 3

UK Level 3 Qualification regulated to the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF)[1]

A levels are Level 3 qualifications regulated to the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF)[2]

Level 3 is equivalent to Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF) Level 6


[1] 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.

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

 

Grading

Each Level 3 unit is graded at Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Grading decisions are based on the application of a standard method and a common set of grading descriptors.

Assessment

Internally assessed and externally moderated portfolio of evidence.

Learners are set assignments. These may be in the form of briefs, scenarios, problem solving exercises and/or research investigations. They are contextualised using realistic scenarios. The assessment may require students to write a report, write a business proposal, deliver a presentation, or make conclusions based on extensive research into a practical investigation.

All assessment is criterion-referenced, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes. Each unit within a qualification has specified assessment guidance.

Content was developed with experts from FE, HE and employers to ensure that the skills and knowledge gained by learners would be relevant, current and robust.

Contribution of assessment components to overall grade

100 per cent of the assessment is by the internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Resit arrangements

To achieve the NCFE Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity qualifications, learners must successfully demonstrate their achievement of all learning outcomes of the units as detailed in the qualification specification.

Learners who are not successful can resubmit work within the registration period.

Guided / notional learning hours
NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport: 180 hours
NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport: 360 hours
NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport: 540 hours
Guided / notional learning hours notes

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport: 30 credits. Total qualification time: 300

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport: 60 credits. Total qualification time: 600

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport. 90 credits. Total qualification time: 900

UCAS Tariff points

NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport

Grade Points
D* 84
D 72
M 48
P 24

NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport

Grade Points
D* 56
D 48
M 32
P 16

NCFE Level 3 Certificate in Sport

Grade Points
D* 28
D 24
M 16
P 8
Key issues for UK HE admissions

This suite of qualifications has been developed in partnership with employers, universities and other subject experts to ensure that the content is current and relevant.

Level 3 criteria require learners to analyse, draw conclusions, interpret or justify, which are all examples of higher level skills. This means that evidence provided for the portfolio will also demonstrate the development and use of higher level learning skills.

Learners may combine the Level 3 Certificate/ Diploma in Sport with other qualifications e.g. A levels or other vocational qualifications.

Learners holding these qualifications may have limited experience of external assessment.

Timing of assessments and results

Learners are assessed throughout their programme of learning and may submit their portfolio of evidence at any point.

Results are provided on a rolling basis.

Qualification dates notes

This qualification is current.

Certification information

Certification of these qualifications is reported on the basis of the number of certificates achieved over a 12-month period.

Progression information

The content of these qualifications is current and relevant and can lead to employment within the sport sector.

The higher level skills developed by these qualifications support progression to higher education.