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Sport: Coaching Pathway (NCFE Level 2 Diploma)

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Course Overview

Entry requirements

All Level 2 subjects require a minimum of four grade 3 GCSEs in total.


This course is a great foundation for those students who want to develop their knowledge and skills in sports theory and coaching. You will study seven units overall, these units cover the following areas:

Participating in sport, sports coaching, developing sporting skills and tactical awareness, anatomy and physiology for exercise, plan, deliver and evaluate and activity session, introduction to healthy exercise and nutrition & factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity.

The aim of this NCFE course is to give students a taste of the theory and practical-based skills needed to progress within the sporting industry. You will develop your understanding of coaching sports performers, alongside this you will also develop an understanding of the human body and how the systems relate to exercise, healthy exercise and nutrition for people as well as factors that affect participation in sport.

This course would suit someone who would like to progress onto the level 3 sports qualification or work within the sports and leisure industry.

You can expect to study:

  • articipating in sport
  • Sports coaching
  • Developing sporting skills & tactical awareness
  • Anatomy and physiology for exercise
  • Plan, deliver and evaluate an activity session
  • Introduction to healthy exercise and nutrition
  • Factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity

Alongside the educations side students will also have 6 hours of academy training each week This qualification is equivalent to 2 GCSE's and can be studied alongside English and Maths. It provides students with an opportunity to focus on the development of personal, learning and thinking skills as well as gaining wider skills in a sporting context.

Students are awarded a Pass, Merit or Distinction grade. The work is internally assessed through assignments and students will need a minimum of a merit grade overall and to have passed Maths and English to progress onto the level 3 programme.

Students can purchase sports kit for this course from the link below- a minimum of shorts and T-shirt is expected


  • Assessment Criteria

    100% coursework

  • Further Information

    One year Level 2 NCFE course of 5x 70 min lessons per week as well as academy training

Further Information

Students can progress to the Level 3 BTEC Sport courses here at college or they can go on to an apprenticeship. If successful at Level 3, they can then progress to university or employment. Former students have gone on to study to be PE teachers and sports therapists and those going straight into employment after college have progressed to careers in the local sporting industry, for example, as personal trainers, outdoor activities instructors, sports coaches and sports development officers.

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