Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport Advanced Apprenticeship

The new Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport is designed to provide a vocational pathway into the provision of Children’s Physical Activity and School Sport delivery and development, allowing candidates to experience working in a school environment delivering and planning the delivery of PE.

If you have completed the Intermediate School Sport Apprenticeship or gained activity leadership or coaching qualifications at Level 2, then the Advanced School Sport Apprenticeship is the ideal next step. The programme offers learners a chance to improve skills and knowledge in order to be able to assist and lead in a wide range of school sport and PE activities.

Many of our current apprentices have gone on to work full time in a school as a Physical Education & School Sport Professional, tutor within a sports coaching company, a Higher Level Teaching Assistant responsible for PE or a Teaching Assistant.

Course Content

Learners who complete this Advanced Apprenticeship will be suitably qualified with the knowledge, understanding and competency to deliver, plan, organise and assess the learning of children in a range of environments including the community and schools.

Candidates will either work in one specific school or across one or more school. For example many apprentices teach school sport in both an infant and linked junior school, whilst others may work with an external company that provides school sport for a range of schools in a local area.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport Advanced Apprenticeship Units:

  • Units include:
    • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
    • Schools as organisations Schools as organisations
    • Plan a Physical Education and School Sport Programme Plan a Physical Education and School Sport Programme
    • Deliver a Physical Education and School Sport Programme
    • Organise and lead a sports event or competition
    • Equality and Diversity in Sport and Physical Activity
    • Ensure the Health, Safety, Welfare and Security of Customers and Staff
    • As part of the Apprenticeship framework you will also study Employment Rights and Responsibilities, and Functional Skills Level 2/GCSEs in English and maths.

Designed for those looking to progress their career in Children’s Physical Activity and School Sport delivery and development in a range of environments including the community and schools, this Apprenticeship can help you achieve success in the following types of roles:

  • Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA)
  • Tutor with a sports coaching company
  • Physical education and school sport professional
  • Sports Development Officer
  • Head Sports Coach
  • Sports Coach, Volunteer or Leader
  • Children’s Activity Professional


  • Earning a salary
  • Paid holidays
  • On-the-job training and study Working alongside experienced staff Learn job-specific skills
  • Gaining relevant qualifications

How will I be assessed

This is a practical course where students are expected to provide evidence through workplace activities and guided assignment work.

What award will I achieve?

Learners must complete the following combined (competence and knowledge) qualification to successfully achieve this apprenticeship:

1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF)*

Qualifications included in the apprenticeship

  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning (QCF)

To successfully complete your chosen Apprenticeship, and achieve the qualifications listed, you will need to complete, or demonstrate prior learning in, all components of the framework.

What next?

Possible progression to a level 4 qualification. Higher education opportunities may include the HNC/HND in Sport (Coaching and Sport Development) and Foundation Degree in Management of Sport at Colchester Institute. Career pathways include sports development officer, working with local communities and supporting amateur sports clubs. Further training and development may lead to roles such as senior sports development officer or sports development manager.

Entry Requirements

It’s particularly useful if candidates have been former recipients of activity leadership or coaching qualifications and are looking to progress to a physical activity or school sport role.

Supporting Teaching and Learning in Physical Education and School Sport Advanced Apprenticeship
LevelLevel 3
CampusColchester Institute
Start DateStarting employment as an apprentice can occur throughout the year however the start-date for attending college for training, where required, will be communicated post-employment and sign-up
Apprenticeship Funding Band (Levy paying employers)£2,500
Employer Contribution Fee (Non-levy paying employers)£250
What will this cost my Business?

Non-levy paying employers will need to contribute 10% of the maximum funding band as published by the Skills Funding Agency for the delivery of training and assessment for their apprenticeship. Levy paying employers will pay the full cost of the agreed funding band using their Digital Apprenticeship account.

Apprenticeship Funding Bands

Apprenticeship Funding Bands
Employers with less than 50 employees who are recruiting an apprentice aged 16-18 years old will not be required to pay the contribution fee.
Any associated cost to the individual will be made clear at the interview.


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