Level 3 Certificate in The Delivery of PE & School Sport

Who is this course aimed at?

Sports coaches wishing to independently deliver primary school PE lessons

Awarding body



£975 per learner

Distance learning

Through online video calls, independent learning and 1-to-1 learning

Practical sessions

Teach primary school aged children at our training centre and across various primary schools

Guided learning hours

Approximately 120 hours

Course duration

Approximately 6-9 months

Course content

Prior to registration, learners are required to:

  • be at least 16 years of age to attend the programme of training
  • hold a Level 2 physical education or sport related qualification, examples include:
    • the 1st4sport Level 2 Certificate in Supporting Learning in Physical Education and School Sport
    • GCSE in Physical Education (Grades A-C)
    • a Level 2 National Governing Body of Sport coaching qualification
    • a Level 2 BTEC in Sport
    • a Level 2 qualification in sports/activity leadership or
    • a 1st4sport recognised equivalent
  • be able to communicate effectively in English (this includes listening, speaking, reading and writing).

There are no additional pre-requisites to certification other then successful completion of the required assessments.

More about the course:

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport has been developed in partnership with the Association for Physical Education (afPE) and with the support of Compass – the association of sports and activity providers. It is a competence-based qualification that confirms occupational competency for those operating in a school sport setting and provides an introduction to further opportunities for them to work within physical education and school sport as a:

  • higher level teaching assistant (HLTA)
  • teaching assistant (TA)
  • sports development officer
  • sports coach, volunteer or leader.

The qualification is perfect for those who already work, or aspire to work, in a physical education and school sport setting as it specifically designed to provide them with a greater understanding of programmes of study for physical education, the national curriculum and the environment in which they will be operating.

What’s more, an additional benefit is that completing this qualification can help learners work towards becoming a TA. This is because it can also lead to the achievement of the Level 3 Award in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Schools, which is a qualification that provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding for those working directly with children or young people in schools.

The qualification is also the combined knowledge and competence component for the Advanced Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport.