Sporting Excellence Level 3

Duration: 15 Months

Delivery: Online, Face to Face or Both

Start Dates: Monthly


Sporting Excellence Professionals developed via this apprenticeship are competent to perform consistently and effectively in training environments and competitions in relation to one of the following professional sports: cricket, football, rugby league and rugby union. As such, they are part of a playing team supported and managed by a wider and multi-disciplinary team including a manager/coach, skills coaches, physiotherapists, psychologists, nutritionist, strength and conditioning experts, and educational staff etc.  They have high level of autonomy in terms of responsibility for what happens on the field of play and need to be able to cope with extreme pressure.

The key activities of a Sporting Excellence Professional are to:

  • effectively and successfully represent their employer on the field of play at a local, regional, national or international level;
  • undertake a daily training routine, supported by a multi-disciplinary team, to ensure they retain and develop the technical, tactical, physical and psychological skills necessary for performing at the professional level;
  • practice a lifestyle conducive to maintaining a high level of performance;
  • act as an ambassador for their employer, sport and governing body in relation to younger players, fans and the local community – including their approach to diversity, equality and inclusion; and
  • actively plan for life after their sporting career and to supplement the next phase of playing contract.

Details of the programme

During your apprenticeship you will develop the following professional behaviours, knowledge and skills:

As a Sporting Excellence apprentice, you will:

  • Tactical and Technical Performance – How to use technology such as video footage or software packages to interpret and compare different forms of analysis.
  • Physical Performance – Continually improve physical capabilities by utilising insight and expertise from specialist support staff through completing bespoke conditioning activities such as speed & power.
  • Injury and risk management – Engage in injury prevention and management programmes utilising insight and expertise from specialist support staff to help mitigate the impact of injury on training and competition performance.
  • Psychological and emotional performance – Apply consistent and effective psychological and emotional skills in training and performance or competition environments.
  • And more

The End Point Assessment Process

Assessment Gateway

After a minimum of 12 months on the programme, at the assessment gateway, your employer will make the decision that you are ready to undertake the endpoint assessment.
Before going forward for endpoint assessment, you must have:

  • Achieved Level 2 English, maths (if not held)
  • Met the set skills, knowledge and behaviours of the standard
  • Achieved 20% off the job requirement
  • Compiled portfolio of evidence
End Point Assessment

Following successful completion of the Gateway, you will proceed to endpoint assessment (EPA).
The EPA is undertaken by an independent assessment organisation.
The End Point assessment components are:

  • Knowledge test
  • Practical Observation with Questions and Answers
  • Professional Interview – supported by a portfolio of evidence

All components of the endpoint assessment must be completed and an endpoint assessment grade will be determined by the endpoint assessor.

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