Level 3 Sport

The qualification is designed for learners who want to go on to higher level studies, and is suitable for use within a Study Programme. It will give learners skills, knowledge and an understanding of the sport and physical activity sector.

This qualification aims to provide you with the specialist knowledge, skills and understanding relating to the sport and physical activity sector, in areas such as exercise, health and lifestyle and preparing for a career in sport, which can be applied to current or future aspirations of higher education or employment in a variety of roles. The content has been developed with employers, subject experts and tutors to ensure that it’s relevant. There is the option to choose one of 4 pathways as detailed below. This qualification would suit you if you are looking for a brief insight into the sport and physical activity sector and will provide you with an introduction to the career opportunities available. It could be combined with other qualifications and would support progression into an Apprenticeship, employment or into higher level studies. This qualification is a Level 3 Introductory Certificate and has 180 guided learning hours. The qualification consists of 3 mandatory units within pathways which you choose, depending on your personal interest or career aspirations.

Entry Requirements
Three grade 4 or above GCSEs including Maths & English

  • One or Two year course
  • Year One – National Certificate, equivalent to 1/1.5 A Levels
  • Year Two – National Diploma, equivalent to 2/3 A Levels
  • 16+ years old
  • Seven to Nine Units per year
  • Entry Requirements – three grade 4 or above GCSEs including Maths & English

Other Courses


NCFE’s are highly reputable vocational and work-related courses. This qualification is internally assessed through portfolio, coursework, and practical assessment.

The NCFEs are designed to accommodate the needs of employers for immediate full time employment and allow students to progress to higher education to degree level (through UCAS points).

Both NCFEs and A Levels enable learners to progress to further education, either at college or university. The main difference is that an NCFE provides learners with a way to learn through practical work as well as study, studying for an A Level involves more written work and exams.

We encourage you to still attend the enrolment day and speak with your prospective tutor as there may be alternative options we can offer you.

Course start dates will vary depending on the course you wish to study. As part of your induction, you will be given your term dates and timetable.