NCFE Level 3 Diploma
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Course overview

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) is intended for learners aged 16 and over and provides the knowledge, skills and understanding required within the sport and physical activity sector. It will also allow learners to gain transferable skills that can be applied to employment, an apprenticeship or further study. 

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) is designed as a 1-year, full time course. Learners can gain UCAS points as below but will usually need to complete the NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma (1 additional year) to be able to progress to university: 

P – 24, M – 48, D – 72, D* – 84  

AWARDING BODY

NCFE

START DATE:

September 2022

COURSE TYPE:

Blend of Face to Face and Online

DURATION:

1-year

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

Five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, where possible, including English Language and Maths (although this will not prevent entry to the programme where learners demonstrate appropriate behaviours and attitudes towards their ongoing English and Maths development)

Or

a relevant Level 2 qualification, such as a BTEC Level 2 Diploma in Business, plus an ability to operate at Level 2 in either English or Maths.

AGE:

For 16-18-year olds

Learners aged 19+ may be eligible for funding if they have an EHCP

COST:

The cost of this tuition is fully funded for 16-18-year old’s.

Sports kit may be required, dependent on education centre. However, bursary/financial support is available for those eligible. Refer to the SCL Bursary Policy for further details.

YOUR PROGRAMME
YOUR EDUCATION
WORK EXPERIENCE
SPORTING EXCELLENCE
PROGRESSION ROUTES

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) will allow learners to gain an in-depth understanding of the sport and physical activity sector, give them the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the sport and physical activity sector and provide the opportunity to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) requires learners to successfully complete 3 mandatory units and 6 additional units:

  • (M) Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • (M) Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity
  • (M) Sports Coaching
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology
  • The physiology of fitness
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Practical team sports
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport

Note: Due to the nature of our unique project-based curriculum, we include an extra unit on this programme to allow an individualised pathway approach on the year two Extended Diploma.

YOUR EDUCATION

Your NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity will combine a mix of theoretical and practical learning.

During your education programme, you will benefit from:

  • High quality and passionate tutors who are specialists in sport
  • Quality assurance and performance coaches to oversee your tutor and lessons
  • An innovative learning experience using our virtual learning hub, plus access to free Microsoft software
  • Wellbeing programme and mental health support
  • A safe learning environment with the highest level of safeguarding

 

INFORMATION, ADVICE & GUIDANCE

SCL are nationally accredited for information, advice and guidance and we are trained in these areas to help you with your development.

Our Careers Leader oversees our careers information, advice & guidance strategy. Each learner will receive impartial and relevant guidance to support a successful transition onto their next step of their professional journey, wherever that may be.

Our Careers Leader is dedicated to supporting you to understand your career options and how to get there. This is underpinned by a programme of work experience and continual development of work-ready and life skills.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Our passionate team of Progress Coaches will deliver SCL’s Personal Development Programme, which will consist of a blend of group workshops and individual development meetings, aimed to add significant value to the progress and development of each learner.

The programme will include key themes such as morals and values, mental health awareness, healthy relationships, digital skills, and careers, and will form part of your timetable, with a scheduled 1.5 hours per week.

Your Personal Development Programme will allow you to stand out from the crowd. You will develop the behaviours, attitudes and values, inspired by sport, which are transferrable into the professional world, supporting you to receive the best possible opportunities for your future.

In addition, the Progress Coach team will support learners through an online ‘Essentials’ programme, aiming to grow their social awareness and develop them for success.

 

ENGLISH & MATHS

If you are yet to pass a qualification in English and/or maths prior to starting your programme with SCL, you will be required to study one or both alongside your qualification in sport.

We know that English and maths can be challenging and have invested in our services to help you overcome that challenge. Upon course completion, the skills you acquire will be evidenced by either a Functional Skills or a GCSE qualification.

Learn more

WORK EXPERIENCE

We understand the difference that experiencing the real world of work can make to your achievement on your course and your ability to make good decisions for your future which is why, as part of your education programme, you will take part in a minimum of 24 hours’ of work experience. 

During your programme, you will receive opportunities to experience a range of careers which link directly to your qualification and also careers outside your subject area which might interest you, link to a hobby or subject you enjoyed at school so you can explore the world of work and where your education at SCL could lead! 

Participating in sports related work experience allows you to enhance your personal development and knowledge of the sports industry. 

You will gain insight into what it will be like to work in the sports industry, whilst developing your communication, IT, time management and team working skills. 

Through our partnerships, you will also have the opportunity to explore other career areas by participating in virtual or in-person work experience placements in industries outside of sport that you are interested in finding out more about.  

By showcasing your skills, knowledge and personality through work experience and direct engagement with employers, you will increase your opportunities to secure meaningful employment, an apprenticeship or university place upon completion of your course. 

Further careers information, advice and guidance and support securing an appropriate work experience placement will be provided through our Careers Leader, our team of Progress Coaches and your Tutor. 

Careers in Sport

Alongside your NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity, you will complete a minimum of 4 hours’ practical development each week, with the opportunity to take part in weekly competitive match fixtures.

Throughout your programme, you will complete a Player Performance Profile, which will include fitness testing, evaluation of your playing attributes, a SWOT analysis, and game time and injury reviews.

We don’t just measure your progress based on your academic grades on your programme. This is about developing you as a player and as a person.

We will also measure your progress for Sporting Excellence and soft skills, such as communication, presentation, timekeeping and your ability to meet deadlines.

COMPETITIVE MATCH OPPORTUNITIES

During your programme, you will have opportunities to play in competitive matches and league systems to support your sporting development and put your training into practice. Competitive fixtures are scheduled to fit in with your sporting and education development programmes.

Selected SCL football centres* play in the Youth Development League, an FA sanctioned youth league that brings together ambitious footballing talent from across the country.

*Subject to venue

EMPLOYMENT

Upon successful completion of your study programme, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing meaningful employment. This will form the basis of your tutorial sessions, in addition to the academic monitoring and target setting.

 

SPORT

Studying with SCL provides you with an opportunity to play professional or non-professional sport, as well as a pathway to progress to a USA Scholarship. An American Scholarship will allow you to continue your studies whilst training and competing at a high level.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION (INCLUDING APPRENTICESHIPS)

Upon successful completion of your programme, you will be eligible to progress onto the second year modules of the NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Upon successful completion of your programme, you may be eligible to progress onto a relevant higher education degree programme (depending upon other Level 3 qualifications which have been achieved).  Should you decide to combine further study with employment, you will be eligible for an apprenticeship within a relevant industry/sector job role.

 

The world of sport is ever growing and the possibilities for a career in the industry are endless.

We believe that by using the power of sport, you can achieve anything. We give you every opportunity to reach your potential, you have the power to open the door to your future.

See where your future in sport could take you.

CAREERS IN SPORT
YOUR PROGRAMME

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) will allow learners to gain an in-depth understanding of the sport and physical activity sector, give them the opportunity to investigate career opportunities in the sport and physical activity sector and provide the opportunity to acquire a number of practical and technical skills.

The NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity (Sports Coaching) requires learners to successfully complete 3 mandatory units and 6 additional units:

  • (M) Exercise, health and lifestyle
  • (M) Preparing for a career in sport and physical activity
  • (M) Sports Coaching
  • Principles of anatomy and physiology
  • The physiology of fitness
  • Fitness training and programming
  • Fitness testing for sport and exercise
  • Instructing physical activity and exercise
  • Practical team sports
  • Technical and tactical skills in sport

Note: Due to the nature of our unique project-based curriculum, we include an extra unit on this programme to allow an individualised pathway approach on the year two Extended Diploma.

YOUR EDUCATION

YOUR EDUCATION

Your NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity will combine a mix of theoretical and practical learning.

During your education programme, you will benefit from:

  • High quality and passionate tutors who are specialists in sport
  • Quality assurance and performance coaches to oversee your tutor and lessons
  • An innovative learning experience using our virtual learning hub, plus access to free Microsoft software
  • Wellbeing programme and mental health support
  • A safe learning environment with the highest level of safeguarding

 

INFORMATION, ADVICE & GUIDANCE

SCL are nationally accredited for information, advice and guidance and we are trained in these areas to help you with your development.

Our Careers Leader oversees our careers information, advice & guidance strategy. Each learner will receive impartial and relevant guidance to support a successful transition onto their next step of their professional journey, wherever that may be.

Our Careers Leader is dedicated to supporting you to understand your career options and how to get there. This is underpinned by a programme of work experience and continual development of work-ready and life skills.

PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Our passionate team of Progress Coaches will deliver SCL’s Personal Development Programme, which will consist of a blend of group workshops and individual development meetings, aimed to add significant value to the progress and development of each learner.

The programme will include key themes such as morals and values, mental health awareness, healthy relationships, digital skills, and careers, and will form part of your timetable, with a scheduled 1.5 hours per week.

Your Personal Development Programme will allow you to stand out from the crowd. You will develop the behaviours, attitudes and values, inspired by sport, which are transferrable into the professional world, supporting you to receive the best possible opportunities for your future.

In addition, the Progress Coach team will support learners through an online ‘Essentials’ programme, aiming to grow their social awareness and develop them for success.

 

ENGLISH & MATHS

If you are yet to pass a qualification in English and/or maths prior to starting your programme with SCL, you will be required to study one or both alongside your qualification in sport.

We know that English and maths can be challenging and have invested in our services to help you overcome that challenge. Upon course completion, the skills you acquire will be evidenced by either a Functional Skills or a GCSE qualification.

Learn more
WORK EXPERIENCE

WORK EXPERIENCE

We understand the difference that experiencing the real world of work can make to your achievement on your course and your ability to make good decisions for your future which is why, as part of your education programme, you will take part in a minimum of 24 hours’ of work experience. 

During your programme, you will receive opportunities to experience a range of careers which link directly to your qualification and also careers outside your subject area which might interest you, link to a hobby or subject you enjoyed at school so you can explore the world of work and where your education at SCL could lead! 

Participating in sports related work experience allows you to enhance your personal development and knowledge of the sports industry. 

You will gain insight into what it will be like to work in the sports industry, whilst developing your communication, IT, time management and team working skills. 

Through our partnerships, you will also have the opportunity to explore other career areas by participating in virtual or in-person work experience placements in industries outside of sport that you are interested in finding out more about.  

By showcasing your skills, knowledge and personality through work experience and direct engagement with employers, you will increase your opportunities to secure meaningful employment, an apprenticeship or university place upon completion of your course. 

Further careers information, advice and guidance and support securing an appropriate work experience placement will be provided through our Careers Leader, our team of Progress Coaches and your Tutor. 

Careers in Sport
SPORTING EXCELLENCE

Alongside your NCFE Level 3 Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity, you will complete a minimum of 4 hours’ practical development each week, with the opportunity to take part in weekly competitive match fixtures.

Throughout your programme, you will complete a Player Performance Profile, which will include fitness testing, evaluation of your playing attributes, a SWOT analysis, and game time and injury reviews.

We don’t just measure your progress based on your academic grades on your programme. This is about developing you as a player and as a person.

We will also measure your progress for Sporting Excellence and soft skills, such as communication, presentation, timekeeping and your ability to meet deadlines.

COMPETITIVE MATCH OPPORTUNITIES

During your programme, you will have opportunities to play in competitive matches and league systems to support your sporting development and put your training into practice. Competitive fixtures are scheduled to fit in with your sporting and education development programmes.

Selected SCL football centres* play in the Youth Development League, an FA sanctioned youth league that brings together ambitious footballing talent from across the country.

*Subject to venue

PROGRESSION ROUTES

EMPLOYMENT

Upon successful completion of your study programme, you will receive information, support and guidance on a variety of aspects to support you in securing meaningful employment. This will form the basis of your tutorial sessions, in addition to the academic monitoring and target setting.

 

SPORT

Studying with SCL provides you with an opportunity to play professional or non-professional sport, as well as a pathway to progress to a USA Scholarship. An American Scholarship will allow you to continue your studies whilst training and competing at a high level.

 

FURTHER EDUCATION (INCLUDING APPRENTICESHIPS)

Upon successful completion of your programme, you will be eligible to progress onto the second year modules of the NCFE Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity.

 

HIGHER EDUCATION

Upon successful completion of your programme, you may be eligible to progress onto a relevant higher education degree programme (depending upon other Level 3 qualifications which have been achieved).  Should you decide to combine further study with employment, you will be eligible for an apprenticeship within a relevant industry/sector job role.

 

The world of sport is ever growing and the possibilities for a career in the industry are endless.

We believe that by using the power of sport, you can achieve anything. We give you every opportunity to reach your potential, you have the power to open the door to your future.

See where your future in sport could take you.

CAREERS IN SPORT

EDUCATION CENTRES

Opportunities to learn at one of our sporting ‘Aspirational Hubs’ which provide a unique and exciting way to learn that is different to the traditional experience at schools and colleges.

SPORTING EXCELLENCE

Access to an aspirational, high quality ‘Sports Excellence’ programme with our sports academies to nurture sporting talent and develop highly effective transferable skills, behaviours, and attitudes for future career destinations.

PROJECT BASED LEARNING

Our ‘Project Based Curriculum’ provides our learners with an opportunity to apply what they learn through work related scenario-based assessments that ensure they ‘practice’ and ‘apply’ their new knowledge in situations which they may face in their future.

ENGLISH & MATHS

Access to our blended, innovative approach to the delivery of English and Maths to drive forward learner knowledge/skills crucial for success in future work.

PROGRESS COACH

A specialist ‘Progress Coach’ team deliver our ‘Personal Development Programme’ which focuses on the development of behaviours, attitudes and knowledge and adds value for our learner’s future progression opportunities.

CAREERS EDUCATION LEADER

Access to a highly qualified ‘Careers Education Leader’ and ‘Careers Education Programme’ to ensure learners are fully aware and improve their access to positive progression destinations/options.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Access to high quality internal and external work placement opportunities which supports our learners’ application of new knowledge as well as place them in the ‘shop window’ for future careers/employment.

CURRICULUM PATHWAYS

An opportunity to become a ‘lifelong learner’ at SCL due to our exciting and ‘career focused’ curriculum pathways which include opportunities to consider progression into one of our excellent SCL Apprenticeships.

MICROSOFT TEAMS

We use Microsoft Teams to engage with learners, collaborate effectively and communicate efficiently.

We are there to support every step of the way.

95% of SCL learners feel confident about doing their course.