Level 3 Community Sport & Health Officer Apprenticeship


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Level 3 Community Sport & Health Officer Apprenticeship

Develop your skills and understanding of the Community Sport and Health Officer (CSHO) role – an integral position towards improved social cohesion. You’ll support people to lead more active lifestyles – encouraging self-belief, personal power and the confidence to engage in a healthier and more active life. You’ll also gain a valuable qualification to increase your employability.

  • Qualification – Level 2 Award in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults
  • Learning style – delivery sessions, virtual learning, masterclass, remote coaching
  • Progression – gain a valuable qualification while creating a positive environment
  • Duration – typically 16 to 20 months

Off-the-job training

As an apprentice you take 20% of your time at work to complete off-the-job training. It’s an innovative way for businesses to gain a multi-skilled workforce – you’ll be able to bring sector insights and the latest knowledge into your organisation.

We’ll support you to train during work hours and confidently evidence your off-the-job learning, supported and facilitated by your employer. You’ll immediately add value by applying your learning to your role – so it’s beneficial for both you and your employer.

Ideal for…

These are just a few of the typical job roles that fit the Level 3 Community Sport & Health Officer apprenticeship:

  • Community Sports Leader
  • Sport Coach
  • Activity Leader / Health Officer
  • Wellbeing Adviser
  • Physical Education Teacher
  • Fitness Coach
  • Sports Development

What you’ll learn

On this sport and leisure course, you’ll learn how to work closely with local communities, authorities and organisations – promoting and organising events, socially-inclusive activities and coaching sessions. You’ll be able to develop initiatives and think strategically. You’ll build meaningful partnerships that promote ethical values, mental and physical wellbeing, good nutrition and regular daily activity.


  • Discover a sector specialism
  • Gain a recognised qualification
  • Improve your self-awareness
  • Open up new career opportunities

How you’ll learn

The programme combines delivery sessions, virtual learning, masterclasses and workplace coach visits.

The modules you’ll study

  • Behavioural Change
  • Delivery Adaptation for Groups
  • Managing and Leading Colleagues / Volunteers
  • Developing Sports and Physical Activity Programmes
  • Partner Collaboration and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Safeguarding Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults
  • Physical Activity and Health Lifestyle Application
  • Evaluating Projects Based on Delivery and Engagement

How you’ll be assessed

You’ll complete formative assessments throughout the programme, compiling a portfolio of evidence.

At the end of the apprenticeship you’ll complete a summative end-point assessment – designed to check whether you’ve developed the required knowledge, skills and behaviours. This is conducted by an independent body to make sure it’s impartial. For this course, your end-point assessment organisation is ActiveIQ.

You’ll complete a work-based observation, a case study challenge, a presentation and Q&A session, and a panel interview.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to meet these requirements:

  • A good level of English and Maths
  • Resident in the UK/EEA/EU for the last 3 years
  • Meet module requirements through a relevant job role

It’s also beneficial to have a Multi / Sports Coach Level 2 qualification.

Career progression

After successfully completing this sports coaching programme, you’ll be awarded the Active IQ Level 2 Award in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults – as well as a further Active IQ qualification of your choice. These include the Level 2 Certificate in Promoting Community Health and Wellbeing, and the Level 3 Diploma in Coaching Sports.

You could also move on to the Level 4 Sports Coach apprenticeship, (which is at an equivalent level to the first year of a university degree).

Let’s help you train

Contact us to find out more about how the programme works and what life is like on the sport and leisure apprenticeship.

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