Advanced Apprenticeship In Supporting Teaching and Learning In Physical Education & School Sport

This qualification is aimed at 17+ learners who want to pursue a career in Teaching and Sports Coaching. 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. Those 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.
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This Level 3 programme is particularly useful if you have previously completed the Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership and/or have undertaken coaching qualifications and you are looking to progress accordingly to a physical activity or school sports role.

In addition, you will be taught by professionals that currently work within the Teaching and Coaching Industries with a strong link to varied individual and team sports, particularly Physical Education. Our staff have extensive knowledge of both the practical and theoretical aspects surrounding the enhanced developments in line with sports curriculums in education. They also carry comprehensive backgrounds with experience in professional sports performance whether in participation or coaching delivery. 

Within the Level 3 NVQ Diploma, candidates will undertake 12 mandatory units which include:

  • Communication and professional relationships with children, young people and adults
  • Schools as organisations
  • Understand Child and Young Person Development
  • Understand how to safeguard the wellbeing of children and young people.
  • Support assessment for learning
  • Plan, deliver and review physical education and school sport programme
  • Organise and lead a sports event or competition
  • Preparing for the mentoring role
  • Support gifted and talented learners
  •  Facilitate community-based sport and physical activity.

Assessment tasks within the Level 3 NVQ Diploma will consist of professional discussion, physical work-based observations, tasks and written portfolio tasks

As a student of Oldham College you will have full use of all the college facilities; including a fully equipped gym and sports arena. Students will also have access to the facilities of our partnership companies during their training and employment. 

Combined Knowledge and Competence Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting Teaching and Learning in PE and School Sport.

Level 2 Functional Skills – Maths and English (unless already accredited)

Potential Added Value Qualifications such as Coaching Qualifications at Level 1 progressing to Level 2.

The candidate should have progressed from an Intermediate Level 2 Fitness Instruction or an equivalent qualification.
If you are aged 16-23 the Skills Funding Agency will fund the cost of the training.
If you are aged 24+ an employer contribution would be required.
Support Teacher, Sports Coach or aspiring to be either.

Progression into Higher Education with University Campus Oldham as well as potentially undertaking a Higher Advanced Level Apprenticeship. Options range from Sports and Leisure specific foundation and/or Higher Level Degree as well as the opportunity to go down the Teaching route and obtain a full PGDE or PGCE in Teaching Physical Education.

The 1st4sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education and School Sport (QCF) 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 is specifically designed to provide 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 (QCF), which is a qualification that provides the underpinning knowledge and understanding for those working directly with children or young people in schools.


Football Academy
Join any of our Sports programmes and have the chance to try out for the Oldham College Football Academy.

Playing in the Association of Colleges (AoC) Football League, our 2016/17 team finished the season top of the league with a game in hand.

The Football Academy offers excellence in coaching through UEFA licensed coaches alongside your college programme. Staff coach, Stephen Morgan, played professional football for 16 years before training as a coach. His 11 years’ experience as a qualified coach means that he brings a wealth of knowledge to the team. The Football Academy train twice a week with a match every Wednesday. Training includes fundamental technical and tactical skills alongside individual fitness plans, dietary advice and strength and conditioning.

Study Programme


All students at Oldham College will participate in a personalised study programme that will maximise your potential and enable you to progress onto employment, apprenticeships or higher education.

This means you will:

  • Study a core qualification in a vocational discipline and continue to develop your English and Maths skills through functional skills, GCSE resits and the option of Level 3 qualifications
  • Participate in meaningful work experience
  • Enjoy a range of enrichment opportunities e.g. basketball, archery, skiing and sign language
  • Take part in dedicated tutorial sessions to review your progress and development