NCFE Level 3 Sport suite

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)

Vocational qualifications are either work-related qualifications designed to enable students to gain the skills required to perform a particular job, or qualifications that may be taken as part of a wider study programme or an apprenticeship.

Schools and colleges may offer qualifications that are not included in the DfE performance tables, if approved for teaching to 16-19 year olds by the Secretary of State for Education in England under Section 96, where this is in the best interests of individual students.

These qualifications provide students with a structured and challenging individualised learning programme that supports their development and progression in line with their future career plans.

They are the substantial qualification component of the study programme and the NCFE Level 3 Certificate, Diploma and Extended Diploma in Sport are ideal for students who wish to further develop their skills and knowledge in a range of sport techniques and skills.

They aim to help support students’ 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 students for higher or further education.

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


The objectives of these qualifications are to:

  • allow students to choose a pathway and units that reflect their career or academic aspirations
  • enable students 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



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


Internally assessed and externally quality assured portfolio of evidence.

Further information

The Level 3 Certificate/Diploma/Extended Diploma in Sport had an operational end date of 31 January 2019. Therefore, the specification is no longer available and we are no longer accepting learner registrations.