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Sports Development NVQ Diploma Level 3 Advanced

This is a one year NVQ course designed for students who are within or are considering a career in the sports/play or youth industries.

It gives the opportunity to progress coaching skills in a range of sports, leading to level 1 or 2 coaching awards in various sports and Sports Leaders UK sports leadership awards as well as the NVQ qualification. The course is at Talacre Sports Centre with Camden Sports & Physical Activity Team. You will also be allocated a voluntary placement in either an educational or community setting where you will gain valuable experience in a ‘real setting’. If applicable you will also be given the opportunity to re-sit your GCSE maths and English or complete your functional skills at William Ellis School for two sessions per week.

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  • Level 2 NVQ Certificate in activity leadership plus
  • GCSE at grade 3 or above in two subjects including Maths, English or PE
  • Examples of good behaviour at school within learning and a successful enrolment interview

Students should be clear about their reasons for enrolling on this programme.  You will be committed to participating in a team based course and show an interest in helping young people. An underpinning part of this course is working as part of a team. You will need to be aware of the commitment to being a regular, punctual and active member of the group, willing to work flexible hours as required.


Nine compulsory units will be completed:

1. Manage own resources and professional development
2. Contribute to strategic development in sport and active leisure
3. Provide leadership in sport and active leisure
4. Promote equality and diversity in sport and physical activity
5. Ensure the health, safety, welfare and security of customers and staff
6. Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity
7. Support the development of sport and physical activity in education
8. Lead and motivate volunteers
9. Manage a project


You will be assessed regularly on your performance.  You will produce a portfolio of evidence which will contain:

  • observations by your assessors of your performance, records of your work
  • witness testimony by people who have seen you at work
  • records of questions and your answers
  • completed assignments
  • simulations you have taken part in


A range of foundation degree courses can be accessed from this course, including the Foundation degree in sports coaching

We also have an excellent record of students progressing into employment please see some examples below:

Student Quotes:

I am now a full-time supervisor at a local sports centre.


I am an activity leader for Thomas Cook Holidays and recently got placed in Ibiza.


I am now a full time Customer Advisor at a local sports centre.


I am now a level 3 qualified Trampoline coach working for a local trampolining club.


This course has helped me get a job and work towards what I want to achieve in my career.


The course is unique in the way you get so much experience and qualifications that you won't get anywhere else.  You always get plenty of support from the tutors.


If you wish to talk to someone about this course please contact 02079748763 or 02079748754 asking for a member of the sports development team.