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This study programme is designed for 16-19 year olds only (age 19-24 for students with an Education, Health and Care Plan).

Please visit our Adult Education, Degrees and Employer section for alternative courses.

About the course

This course is designed to give learners a broad base in sport with the scientific knowledge necessary to study sports programmes at Level 3 and the opportunity to progress to a number of possible advanced courses in a variety of vocational areas.


The aims of all qualifications in the Level 2 in Sport are to:

  • inspire and enthuse learners to consider a career in the sport sector

  • broaden and deepen learners' understanding of sport careers and their attributes

  • give learners the opportunity to gain a broad knowledge and understanding of, and develop skills in, the sport sector

  • support progression to a more specialised level 3 vocational or academic sports course or an apprenticeship

  • give learners the potential opportunity, in due course, to enter employment within a wide range of job roles.



The Level 2 Sport provides a good foundation for learners in post-16 education. It provides a suitable foundation for further study within the sector through progression on to qualifications such as the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and the Level 3 Extended Diploma in Sport and Exercise Sciences.


Entry requirements

Four GCSE passes to grade 3.

However, this course offers flexibility on the outcome of a personal interview and selection process with the curriculum staff.


NCFE Level 2 Diploma in Sport 

What you'll learn (core modules)

Learners will be taught by a highly qualified and professional team, and will be given the opportunity to practically demonstrate skills learnt. The course covers a wide variety of subjects all relevant for the sports performer. 


Example Subject areas include:


Participating in sport:

This unit enables learners to develop their practical skills in sport through organising and participating in sports activities. Learners will work with others to plan a sports activity, participate in a sports activity and evaluate their own performance and the performance of others following the activity. The unit is underpinned by learners gaining the required knowledge and understanding of sport rules and regulations.


Anatomy and physiology for exercise:

This unit will provide learners with an understanding of anatomy and physiology in the context of exercise. Learners will develop their knowledge of the structure and function of the body and how exercise impacts it. A range of learning outcomes cover the skeletal, muscular, respiratory, cardiovascular, nervous and energy systems. 


Introduction to healthy exercise and nutrition:

This unit provides learners with an introduction to exercise and nutrition. Learners will explore the effects of exercise in the body, the components of fitness and different types of training and how specific populations (such as people aged 50+) should adhere to key safety guidelines. In addition learners will consider the impact and importance of good nutrition and the health benefits related to this.


Physical fitness and injuries in sport:

Within this unit learners will understand the how the demands of sport impacts on the body, the risk associated with specific sports, common types of injuries caused within sport and ways to treat and recover from injury. Learners will have the opportunity to test and measure levels of fitness, develop a fitness programme to measure results of fitness training and monitor the effectiveness of the programme.


Psychology for sports performance:

This unit provides learners with an introduction to sports psychology. Learners will develop their knowledge of the theory of motivation, aggression and strategies that help sports performers. There is an opportunity for learners to assess their own physiological skills and devise a programme to improve these.


Planning and running a sports event:

Within this unit learners will develop their understanding of the different types of sporting events and how events and competitions differ. This will be enhanced by learners having the opportunity to plan, organise, deliver and evaluate the success of the event.


Plan, deliver and evaluate an activity session:

This unit gives learners the opportunity to develop their skills as activity leaders/instructors. Learners will plan a session for an activity of their choice, considering facilities, participants, and safety aspects, along with how to adapt should any changes be required. Following the planning learners will have the opportunity to deliver their session, evaluate the session and take feedback from participants. 


Any student aged 16 to 19 who does not hold a GCSE A* to C (9 to 4 on the new grading structure) or equivalent qualifications in Maths and English by age 16 will need to continue to study these subjects in each academic year.

How will I be assessed?

The Level 2 Diploma in Sport assists learners as they progress either into higher levels of vocational learning or to related academic qualifications, by providing independent assessment evidence of learning alongside the portfolio-based assessment. This approach will also assist learners with developing a range of transferable skills, and in applying their knowledge in unfamiliar contexts.

Where is the course delivered? (facilities/classrooms)

The programme is delivered on the main campus

Where will the course take me?

Learners with a MERIT profile may progress to the Level 3 Sport or may seek employment within the scientific areas, fitness instructor, and sports coach.


Of the students who completed this course last year 82% continued with Further Education and 18% secured employment.

Will I need any materials or equipment?

£125 for course kit (ordered online)

I'm interested. What should I do now?

Please visit us on one of our Events throughout the year, and complete an online application.


Please also start to contact companies regarding work experience placement through the academic year

Days & times

Starting September 2021

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