Active leisure, learning and wellbeing - level 2 apprenticeship framework

This framework sets out the standards and criteria you must meet to complete the apprenticeship programme and receive your apprenticeship certificate for level two active leisure, learning and wellbeing. This is the only level 2 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.

About the framework

This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 2 apprenticeship training to achieve qualified status within the active leisure, learning and wellbeing sector. Successful completion of the apprenticeship will lead to the award of a level 2 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry sector. 

Mandatory outcomes

Achievement of a level 2 apprenticeship in active leisure, learning and wellbeing will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.

You must complete both a competence and knowledge-based qualification, or a combined qualification, along with the mandatory essential skills qualifications.

Mandatory essential skills

To successfully complete the apprenticeship, you must achieve the following essential skills qualifications as part of the apprenticeship, or already hold a recognised equivalent:

  • application of number – level 1
  • communication – level 1

However, any qualifications you already have are assessed against the framework requirements and may result in an exemption from the above.

If you haven’t got a level 1 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT Essential Skills level 1 as well as the essential skills above.

Competence and knowledge qualifications – pathway options

You need to complete both a competence-based and a knowledge-based qualification, or a combined qualification, in your chosen pathway selected from the lists below, along with one of the additional requirements indicated.

Pathway 1 – exercise and fitness pathway

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirements

One of the following may also be used as the additional employer requirement;

  • any relevant qualification that is externally awarded and validated
  • vocational assessor units
  • any approved health and safety executive first aid at work or emergency first aid at work certificates (apprentices and training providers are encouraged to deliver a full first aid qualification rather than a one day course)
  • any other key skills awards at level 2 (working with others, problem solving or improving own learning and performance)
  • any register of exercise professionals (reps) accredited continuous professional development course worth 8 points or more
  • any national governing body award (NGB) – coaching, teaching, or instructing and officiating qualifications for a specific sport, developed by the NGB of that sport to enable the participant to competently coach that sport
  • any customer service competence units (at the same level as the competence qualification being completed for this framework)
  • customer services awards / certificates
  • any additional active leisure and learning competence units

Please note that the additional employer requirement must be at level 2, and certificates of attendance are not considered to be evidence of completion.

Pathway 2 – playwork

Combined competence and knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirements

You are also required to achieve a current HSE-approved emergency first aid, first aid at work, or paediatric first aid certificate – evidence of which is required for certification

Pathway 3 – operational services

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirements

One of the following may also be used as the additional requirement;

  • (1) award in coaching [name of sport] qualifications or (2) certificate in coaching [name of sport] qualifications (for apprentices working on sites where they are responsible for delivering coaching sessions in a context of a specific sport)
  • any relevant qualification that is externally awarded and validated
  • any customer service competence units at the same level as the framework
  • any customer service knowledge qualifications at the same level as the framework
  • CTO electrical test and inspection for parks (for apprentices employed in caravan parks)
  • CITO safe siting (for apprentices employed in caravan parks)
  • CIEH level 2 award in food safety (for apprentices employed in caravan parks)
  • CIEH level 2 award in health and safety in the workplace (for apprentices employed in caravan parks)
  • any approved health and safety executive first aid at work or appointed persons certificate (apprentices and training providers are encouraged to deliver a full first aid qualification rather than a one day course.) (for apprentices employed in caravan parks)
  • BII level 2 award for personal licence holders (for apprentices employed in caravan parks) 

Please note that the additional requirement must be completed at level 2 unless the occupational area and job roles justify the need for apprentices to gain a level 1 qualification first. Certificates of attendance are not accepted as evidence of completion.

Pathway 4 – activity leadership

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirements (should be linked to competence qualification where possible)

  • archery GB community sports leader award
  • BCU level 1 certificate in coaching paddlesport
  • BCU level 2 certificate in coaching paddlesport
  • British Caving Association local cave & mine leader level 1
  • British Orienteering Teaching orienteering part 1
  • British Orienteering Teaching orienteering part 2
  • CTC trail leader
  • ILM level 2 award/certificate/NVQ in team leading
  • Institute of Outdoor Learning registered practitioner of the institute of outdoor learning
  • Royal Yachting Association assistant instructor
  • Royal Yachting Association dinghy instructor
  • Royal Yachting Association powerboat level 2
  • Royal Yachting Association safety boat
  • Royal Yachting Association start windsurf instructor
  • Mountain Bike instructor award scheme mountain bike instructor level 1
  • Mountain Bike leader association trail cycle leader
  • Mountain Leader training climbing wall award

One of the following may also be used as the additional requirement;

  • any relevant qualification that is externally awarded and validated
  • 1 award in coaching [name of sport] qualifications or l2 certificate in coaching [name of sport] qualifications (for apprentices working on sites where they are responsible for delivering coaching sessions in a context of a specific sport)
  • any approved health and safety executive first aid at work or emergency first aid at work qualification (training providers are encouraged to deliver a full first aid qualification rather than a one day course). Although not essential, a first aid qualification delivered in an outdoor context that maps to the stated HSE qualifications above can be beneficial (subject to industry changes)
  • any customer service units (at the same level as the NVQ being completed for this framework)
  • BTEC level 2 awards in customer service
  • Chartered Institute of Environmental Health – level 2 Health and Safety in the Workplace certificate
  • welcome host/management/all courses - one day training courses aligned to level 2 customer service competence qualifications within the english tourist board’s (ETB) welcome family suite of courses for staff to develop their skills in customer service. Welcome host is all about improving the welcome offered to visitors, welcome all is about providing a better service for customers with disabilities and special needs and welcome management is for those who have the responsibility for front line staff
  • any customer service competence units
  • any additional active leisure and learning competence units
  • level 2 key skills awards (working with others; improving own learning and performance; problem solving)

Please note that the additional employer requirement must be at level 2 unless the occupational area and job roles justify the need for apprentices to gain a level 1 qualification first. Certificates of attendance are not considered to be proof of completion.

Pathway 5 – coaching

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirements

One of the following may also be used as the additional requirement;

  • any level 2 certificate in fitness instructing - water-based exercise route
  • any relevant qualification that is externally assessed and validated
  • QCF units that underpin the accredited assessor qualifications
  • any other key skills (working with others, problem solving or improving own learning and performance) at level 2
  • any reps accredited continuing professional development courses / qualifications worth 8 points or more
  • any approved health and safety executive first aid at work or emergency first aid at work certificates (training providers are encouraged to deliver a full first aid qualification rather than a one day course)
  • emergency first aid skills unit of the level 2 certificate in leisure operations qualification
  • level 1 award in coaching (name of sport) qualifications for the intermediate level framework or level 2 certificate in coaching (name of sport) qualifications for the advanced level framework
  • any additional active leisure and learning competence units relevant to the apprentice's job role
  • it is also recommended that apprentices hold a valid and relevant child protection qualification

Please note that the additional employer requirement must be at level 2 unless the occupational area and job roles justify the need for apprentices to gain a level 1 qualification first. Certificates of attendance are not considered to be proof of completion.

Apprentices may use recognition of prior learning for one industry skill that was achieved up to 6 months prior to the commencement of the apprenticeship.

It is essential that the choice of qualification be based on the needs of the organisation and the need to provide the apprentice with the appropriate skills in their area of work.

Eligibility and entry to the programme

You must be a new employee, or an existing employee taking on a new role to take part in the programme. There are no formal entry requirements for learners undertaking this apprenticeship, however employers may apply their own criteria at recruitment.

Employers and training contractors must ensure that learners have the potential and opportunity to gain the apprenticeship successfully.

See also the DfE operational requirements.

Duration       

Apprenticeship duration can vary and will be agreed between the apprentice, training contractor and employer.

Related knowledge

For this framework, you are required to complete one of the following employment awareness awards which includes the required employee rights and responsibilities units. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the award has been completed.

Responsibilities

It is the responsibility of the training contractor/college to ensure that all components of this framework are delivered in accordance with apprenticeshipsni operational requirements.

The apprentice must be employed from day one.

Further information

The content of this framework (Framework No 33 Issue 7: 03/21) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.  For further information, contact:

 

Level 2 apprenticeship frameworks

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