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The 1st4Sport Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development (QCF) has been developed to provide learners with a measure of their competence as a sports development practitioner. It is a competence qualification, assessed in a workplace environment that forms the competence outcome of the Advanced Level Apprenticeship in Sports Development. This qualification is part of a suite professionally recognised by the Chartered Institute for the Management of Sport and Physical Activity (CIMSPA), which supports an individual’s personal and professional development within the industry. 
For new Apprenticeship Levy rules please see below* 


This qualification is designed to support experienced operatives in the industry to demonstrate their competence in the workplace. This is a Level 3 qualification and, as such, simulation is not appropriate/ acceptable for the majority of units due to its real workplace focus. We do not consider this course appropriate for those in full-time education, but instead for people employed in an associated role. Please also note that the awarding body’s minimum age limit of 18 is probably an underestimate. The qualification is designed for those in employment who ideally have a minimum of three years experience in an associated role and who are looking to progress to a management role. As such, Onside would state that the minimum age should ideally be 21. 
Course Structure: 
The qualification consists of five mandatory units (Group A) plus four optional units from a selection. At least one optional unit must come from Group B, and at least two optional units must come from Group C. The remaining optional unit can be drawn from Group B or Group C as per the learner’s wishes. 
Mandatory Unit Group A 
• Manage Own Resources and Professional Development 
• Contribute to Strategic Development in Sport and Active Leisure 
• Provide Leadership in Sport and Active Leisure 
• Promote Equality and Diversity in Sport and Physical Activity 
• Ensure the Health, Safety, Welfare and Security of Customers and Staff 
Optional Unit Group B 
At least one unit must be completed from this group. 
• Facilitate Community-based Sport and Physical Activity 
• Support the Development of Sport and Physical Activity in Education 
Optional Unit Group C 
At least two units must be completed from this group. 
• Lead and Motivate Volunteers 
• Recruit, Select and Keep Colleagues 
• Involve, Motivate and Retain Volunteers 
• Develop Productive Working Relationships with Colleagues 
• Allocate and Monitor the Progress and Quality of Work in Own Area of Responsibility 
• Contribute to the Prevention and Management of Abusive and Aggressive Behaviour 
• Recognise Indications of Substance Misuse and Refer Individuals to Specialists 
• Support the Efficient Use of Resources 
• Apply for External Funding for Sport and Physical Activity 
• Manage Information for Action 
• Contribute to Evaluating, Developing and Promoting Services 
• Plan and Organise Services 
• Manage a Project 
• Work with Others to Improve Customer Service 


The course will require regular contact with your tutor (phone, email, Skype, one to one) and workshop sessions, plus a range of work-based observations, projects, case studies and assessments. 
Course Start and Duration: 
The course will take a minimum of 18 months to complete. You can start whenever you have secured a work placement. 
What you will receive: 
• Bespoke one to one tutorials 
• Unique reading aids and learning material 
Upon completing the apprenticeship, you will receive the following qualifications: 
Level 3 NVQ Diploma in Sports Development 
Level 3 Award in ERR (Employee Rights and Responsibilities) 


• FREE for anyone aged 16 years and above who doesn’t hold a Degree who is works in a paid environment within an activity leadership related industry for a minimum of 16 hours per week throughout the duration of the apprenticeship. 
• If you do not fall into the above categories, the course fee is £2200 for the standalone qualification. 


• You must have successfully completed a full Level 2 in a sports related discipline, eg: GCSE PE (A*-C), BTEC Level 2 Sport, NGB Level 2 Coaching Certificate, Level 2 Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership or Level 2 Certificate in PESS. 
• You must hold GCSE Grades A* – C in English and Maths, dated within the last five years 
• If you cannot demonstrate the above, we will support you through the Functional Skills Level 2 qualifications during your apprenticeship as a mandatory element 
• You will need regular and reliable access to a computer and the internet. 


*If you pay the Apprenticeship Levy: 
If your an employer with a wage bill over £3 million each year, you will be paying into the apprenticeship levy from April 6th 2017. Any apprentices that started their programme before 1st may 2017 will continue to be funded under the terms and conditions that were in place at the time their apprenticeship started. 
You can only use funds in your account to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment for apprentices that work at least 50% of the time in England, and only up to the funding band maximum for that apprenticeship. If the costs of training and assessment go over the funding band maximum, you will need to pay the difference with other funds from your own budget. You can’t use funds in your account to pay for other costs associated with your apprentices (such as wages, statutory licences to practise, travel and subsidiary costs, work placement programmes or the setting up of an apprenticeship programme). Read the apprenticeship funding rules for full details of what you can and can’t pay for with funds from your apprenticeship service account. 
*If you DO NOT pay the Apprenticeship Levy: 
Non-levy paying employers will share the cost of training and assessing their apprentices with government - this is called ‘co-investment’.From May 2017, you will pay 10% towards to the cost of apprenticeship training and government will pay the rest (90%), up to the funding band maximum 
If you do not pay the levy, you won’t be able to use the apprenticeship service to pay for apprenticeship training and assessment until at least 2018. Instead, you’ll need to agree a payment schedule with the provider and pay them directly for the training. The provider must prove that you have paid your contributions as a condition of government paying its contribution. 
If you employ an apprentice aged 16-18 years of age you will receive an incentive payment of £1000 in 2 instalments during their time on programme. Also there is no requirement to pay the 10% payment, this also applies for 19-24 year olds who were formerly in care or who have an Education and Health Care plan. 
Further information: 
Gov.uk has many links that can give the relevant advice, guidance and support for employers. 


Our course application form is attached below. Please complete it as fully as you can (to speed up your application) and email it to info@onsideedu.co.uk
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