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PE and School Sport

Level: 3
Typical Duration: 12-18 months

Possible Job Role: PE and School Sport Apprentice, School Sports Coach, Sports Coach

Course Overview

A PE and School Sport Apprentice acts as a role model for young people and helps to shape a positive relationship with physical activity. This apprenticeship provides transferrable skills such as the planning, delivery, and review of PE and School Sport sessions, supporting with behaviour management, and the assessment of young people.

The aim of this qualification is to give learners the knowledge and skills in order to be able to support the delivery of PE and sports activities in a school sport environment under the direct supervision of a more qualified individual, in a safe, ethical and effective way. The PESS Apprentice would work alongside class teachers and other support staff within the school workforce in the delivery of PE and school sport.

The role includes curriculum delivery, competitions, off-site activities, and extracurricular provision. This is a school based role, and could be in the primary, special or secondary education sector.

Qualification Achieved

On completion of this apprenticeship, you will hold a Level 3 Apprenticeship in PE & School Sport.
Other qualifications achieved include:

  • Level 3 Diploma in Supporting the Delivery of Physical Education & School Sport
  • Level 3 Award in Employment Awareness in Active Leisure and Learning
  • Level 2 Functional Skills Mathematics & English


The role may act as a gateway to further career and training opportunities, including, but not limited to:

  • Level 3 Teaching Assistant with PE Specialism
  • Senior Sports Coach
  • PE Practitioner

Learning & Assessment

Apprentices will be assigned a dedicated tutor. The tutor will visit monthly in the workplace, as well as being on hand to support throughout the duration of the apprenticeship programme. The frequency of these sessions may be more, depending on the needs of the apprentice.

End Point Assessment

Each learner will undergo ongoing assessment throughout the duration of their programme. The methods in which this apprenticeship is assessed are:

  • Practical Observations
  • Portfolio Evidence

Entry Requirements

Individual employers may set their own criteria for this apprenticeship.

Hire an Apprentice

We can work with you to source a suitable applicant for your organisation or you can up-skill your existing employees. If the employee is under 19 and your business has fewer than 50 employees, there will be no cost for the training. If they are over 19 and/or your business has over 50 employees then you will contribute 5% towards the cost of the training. For any businesses paying into the levy, all training costs will be covered.


With our Talent Match recruitment service, Talent Bank, we will advertise your vacancy, screen applicants and pre-interview potential prospects in order to ensure you only interview the most appropriate candidates for your vacancy – all free of charge.


We offer a dedicated virtual learning platform which allows learners to keep on track of their course. In addition to this, it allows our tutors and employers to keep up-to-date with the progression of learners.