The NCFE Level 2 Certificate and Diploma in Sport have been accredited by the qualifications regulators for England, Wales and Northern Ireland, 1 and is part of the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). These qualifications may be eligible for funding. For further guidance on funding, please contact your local funding provider. These qualifications are suitable for use within a Study Programme.

Aims and Objectives


  • Give learners the introductory skills and knowledge to start a career in sport of progress with employment in the sector
  • Prepare learners for higher or further education, through full-time or part-time study.
    The objectives of these qualifications are to help learners to:
  • Choose a pathway and units that reflect their career or academic aspirations
  • Enter employment in the sport and active leisure sector or to progress to higher or further education or onto the NCFE Level 3 Sport qualifications
  • Gain and develop essential skills that are valued by employers and higher and further education institutions
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the vocational sector.


Achieving these Qualifications

To be awarded the NCFE Level 2 Certificate or Diploma in Sport, learners are required to successfully complete a number of mandatory units and a number of optional units. Learners must choose a pathway from the following 4 options:

  • Pathway 1: Sport, Exercise and Fitness
  • Pathway 2: Outdoors
  • Pathway 3: Working in Sport
  • Pathway 4: Sports Coaching


Entry Guidance

These qualifications are designed for learners aged pre-16 and above. There are no specific recommended prior learning requirements for these qualifications. However, learners may find it helpful if they’ve already achieved a Level 1 qualification. Centres are responsible for ensuring that these qualifications are appropriate for the age and ability of learners. They need to make sure that learners can fulfil the requirements of the assessment criteria and comply with the relevant literacy, numeracy, and health and safety aspects of these qualifications. Learners registered on these qualifications shouldn’t undertake another qualification at the same level with the same or a similar title, as duplication of learning may affect funding eligibility.

Progression Opportunities

Learners who achieve these qualifications could progress to:

  • NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Fitness Instructing
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Exercise and Fitness
  • Intermediate Apprenticeship in Activity Leadership
  • NCFE Level 3 Certificate, Diploma or Extended Diploma in Sport
  • NCFE Level 3 Award in Nutrition for Physical Activity

Learners can progress from a Certificate to a Diploma but centres must carefully consider which qualification they want to register the learner onto, as the registration fee will be applied for both qualifications.

How are they Assessed?

They will be assessed by your tutor or assessor using a range of methods. This could include tasks such as designing charts or leaflets, coursework or methods such as oral questioning.

Do you need to be working to take the Qualification?

No, as these are knowledge only qualification.

How long do they take to complete?

You can usually complete this in a year or less.

Which type of Job Roles can Learners Apply for on Completion?

This qualification do not qualify you to work but do provide a starting point for deciding whether a career in the sector is right for you.

Qualification Reference Number

Certificate:601/3037/4