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Level 3 Qualification in Sports Leadership (SL3)

Why study Sports Leadership (SL3)

Young people undertaking a qualification in Sports Leadership will learn and demonstrate important life skills such as effective communication and organisation whilst learning to lead basic physical activities to younger people, their peers, older generations and within the community.

The courses involve both guided & peer-to-peer learning and supervised leadership to ensure that learners have all the skills they need to lead basic physical activities to other people.

The sessions use sport to deliver fun and engaging physical activities with other students and within the community. Students will plan, lead and evaluate sports/physical activity sessions over a number of tutored hours and then demonstrate their leadership skills as part of their assessment.

SL3 is a nationally recognised qualification that enables successful learners to independently lead purposeful and enjoyable sport/physical activity. Learners must complete a minimum and 30 hours of leadership through this course as well as additional lesson time.

Minimum age on course start date 15 years old
Minimum age on completion  17 years old
Pre-requisites None
Level of supervision during course Direct supervision 
Level of supervision once qualified

Indirect supervision at 17 years old

Independent of supervision at 18 years old

Total Qualification Time (TQT) 126 hours
Tutored time (GL) 60 hours
Demonstration of leadership 30 hours required before qualification is certified 
Credits 13 credits
UCAS tariff points 16
Qualification number 
(Quan code)


Sports Leaders have provided an easy-to-use Learner Evidence Record (LER) for this qualification. The LER is mandatory and uses the following assessments:

  • Practical observation – video/photos can be used to support this
  • Questioning of underpinning knowledge - via worksheets
  • Plans and evaluations completed during the course

Demonstration of Leadership

Learners must complete a minimum of 30 hours of leadership throughout this qualification. This will be undertaken in Unit 4 (mandatory unit) and Units 5, 6 and 7 (choose two from these three optional units). The guidance below outlines the suitability of participants within Unit 4 and Unit 7:

  • Unit 4 – Plan, lead and evaluate sport/physical activity sessions for children – the definition of

‘children’ is 4–11-year-olds.

  • Unit 7 – Plan, lead and evaluate sport/physical activity sessions for older people – the definition

of ‘older people’ is people 50 years of age or older.

Minimum Entry Requirements

In addition to our general Sixth Form entry requirements of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, students do not need any previous experience of sports leadership. Although and interest in sport and leadership will be essential.


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