Active leisure, learning and wellbeing - level 3 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 3 active leisure, learning and wellbeing. This is the only level 3 training in this skill acceptable for apprenticeshipsni funding.

About the framework

This framework specifies the standards and the criteria for the delivery of level 3 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 3 qualification and recognition as a qualified person within the industry sector.

Mandatory outcomes

Achievement of a level 3 apprenticeship in active leisure, learning and wellbeing user will be assessed by verification through the appropriate awarding body.

You must complete both a competence-based and a 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 2
  • communication – level 2

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 2 ICT qualification, your training contractor is strongly encouraged to offer ICT essential skills level 2 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 any additional requirements indicated.

Pathway 1 – exercise and fitness pathway

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualifications

 Additional requirement (any two of the following)

Please note that the additional requirement must be completed at level 3 where available, and that certificates of attendance are not accepted as evidence of completion.

Pathway 2 – playwork

Combined competence and knowledge-based qualifications

You are also required to hold a current HSE-approved Emergency First Aid, FiIrst Aid at Work, or Paediatric First Aid certificate. Evidence of this will be required for certification.

Pathway 3 – sports development  

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualification

Additional requirement (any two of the following)

  • any relevant qualification that is externally awarded and validated
  • Sports Leaders UK level 3 awards
  • any approved Health and Safety Executive First Aid at Work or appointed persons certificate (training providers are encouraged to deliver a full first aid qualification rather than a one day course)
  • level 2 and level 3 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 customer service competence units at the same level as the framework
  • any additional Active Leisure and Learning competence units at the same level as the framework
  • any of the other level 3 Key Skills Awards
  • QCF units that underpin the accredited assessor qualifications
  • any Edexcel BTEC sport awards / certificates at the same level as the framework
  • any City and Guilds sport awards / certificates at the same level as the framework

Please note that the additional requirements must be completed at level 3 where available unless the job role requires apprentices to complete a level 2 qualification before progressing onto a level 3 qualification. Evidence of attendance is not accepted as evidence of completion.

Pathway 4 – leisure management

Competence-based qualifications

For this pathway, ERR outcomes are covered within the competence qualifications.

Knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirement (any two of the following)

Please note that the additional requirements must be completed at level 3 unless the occupational area and job role justifies the need for apprentices to gain a level 2 qualification first. Evidence of attendance is not accepted as evidence of completion.

Pathway 5 – outdoor programmes

Competence-based qualifications

Knowledge-based qualifications

Additional requirement (any two of the following)

  • any British orienteering qualifications
  • any British canoe union level 2 and above qualifications
  • CTC technical leader
  • CTC advanced leader
  • ILM level 3 award/certificate/diploma in first line management
  • Institute of Outdoor Learning accredited practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning
  • Institute of Outdoor Learning registered practitioner of the Institute of Outdoor Learning
  • any Mountain Bike Instructor award scheme Mountain Bike Instructor level 2 and above qualifications
  • any Mountain Leader training Mountain Leader qualifications
  • any Royal Yachting Association instructor qualifications
  • any relevant qualification that is externally awarded and validated
  • any relevant National Governing Body award (NGB) for example coaching, teaching, instructing or officiating qualifications for a specific sport, developed by the NGB of that sport to enable the participant to competently coach that 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
  • any customer service units at the same level as the competence qualification
  • welcome host, management, lead motivate & succeed or green advantage courses
  • one day training courses aligned to NVQ level 2 (3 for Lead Motivate and Succeed, 4 for Management) in customer service within the English Tourist Board’s (ETB) welcome suite of courses. Welcome host is all about improving the welcome offered to visitors
  • any customer service competence units
  • any additional Active Leisure and Learning competence units
  • level 3 key skills awards (working with others; improving own learning and performance; problem solving)

Please note that the additional requirements must be completed at level 3 unless the occupational area and job role justifies the need for apprentices to gain a level 2 qualification first. Evidence of attendance is not accepted as evidence of completion.

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.

Entry to the level 3 apprenticeship is by progression from the apprenticeshipsni level 2 framework in active leisure, learning and wellbeing. Employers may also apply their own criteria at the recruitment stage.

You may also enter the level 3 apprenticeship, subject to assessment by the training contractor and employer, if you have:

  • already gained significant work experience in your occupational area, which could be considered as meeting the requirements of the level 2 framework in active leisure, learning and wellbeing framework and can show you can achieve a level 3 standard
  • previously achieved a relevant level 2 recognised vocational qualification that is a mandatory requirement of the level 2 apprenticeshipsni framework in active leisure, learning and wellbeing framework

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, to fulfil the employee rights and responsibilities requirements, you are required to complete one of the awards below. Framework certification is issued on confirmation from the training contractor that the award has been completed. (Please note the award is not required for pathway 4)

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 384 Issue 07: 03/21) has been agreed by the Department for the Economy.  For further information, contact:

Level 3 apprenticeship frameworks

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