NCFE Level 2 In Sport (Coaching & Fitness Pathway)

NCFE Level 2 In Sport (Coaching & Fitness Pathway)

Wanting to combine your passion for football with a career in the sports industry? This NCFE Level 2 qualification in sport gives students the introductory skills to either start a career in sport or progress with their academic studies within this sector. This one year qualification prepares learners with the underpinning knowledge and practical competence that allows them to progress of level 3 recognised qualifications.

Delivered across a variety of state-of-the-art sites throughout Sheffield, by qualified teaching staff and enrichment coaches, this two-year course offers both talented and recreational post-16 students the opportunity to study whilst actively participating in a football or fitness enrichment pathway.

Sheffield United Community College

The course is delivered exclusively at Westfield SGP (S20 8FA). Lessons, tutorials and workshops will be delivered on-site within our newly designed learning hubs. The facilities include fully equipped fitness suites, 4G pitches, student breakout areas, canteen and changing rooms. The student’s bespoke timetables combine their academic and practical study alongside work experience, tutorials sessions and their chosen enrichment programme.

Students will learn from highly qualified staff with a range of academic and sport specific backgrounds within sport science, health, coaching, and fitness industries. Students will benefit from a broader range of local, regional and national connections available through the community foundations associated partners.  During their study students will have numerous opportunities to undertake additional vocational awards and workshops designed to help facilitate their personal and professional development. This includes coaching and fitness qualifications, tutorial sessions, NCS, employability and progress events, as well as numerous trips and rewards. 

For accreditation purposes Sheffield United Community College deliver their educational qualifications in partnership with Sheffield College.

Enrichment Pathways: Your Course, Your Choice

Sheffield United Community College allows for a greater choice and flexibility in how students manage their study programme. Enrichment is a fundamental part of their course, therefore, we wanted this to match up with the student’s passion and career direction. All three pathways are unique in how they are delivered, but all three provide practical activity, competition, educational component, and additional qualifications. Students will get the option to select their desired pathway at the start of their course.

  • Football Development Pathway
  • Fitness Pathway
  • Esports Pathway

Click here for more information about our Enrichment Pathways.

Course Background

The Level 2 Diploma in Sport is a specialist work related course built around the NCFE platform. The course aims to build knowledge of practical sports performance, training and personal fitness, anatomy and physiological, health and exercise, sports coaching and sports community volunteering. This course particularly suits those wanting to enter employment and/or undertake further study in the sport, fitness and active leisure sector as you will gain valuable work experience, continue to study English and Maths and complete a variety of NGB recognised coaching qualifications.

Most units are assessed through a portfolio of assignments which are submitted via our interactive learning platform in a variety of formats to suit individuals preferred learning styles; these include written reports, posters, practical sports, demonstrations, group tasks, interviews, practical coaching, presentations, work experience, case studies and performance observation.

Value Added

Sheffield United Community College has made significant investments to provide one of the best sport college programmes in Yorkshire. We have invested heavily in course resources to ensure every student has access to their own laptop, virtual learning including their own personal email and online storage, access to a wide variety of enrichment facilities and pathways as well as a significant investment into the incredibly experienced staffing team to ensure all students are supported from day one of recruitment right through to completion of the course.

Students will have a dedicated work placement coordinator who will help to enhance their CV and career once the course is completed. We have recently secured a partnership with Active IQ to provide students with additional sports and fitness qualifications to supplement their core study programme. Furthermore, we will arrange for guest speakers from a huge variety of roles within the sporting industry and give the very best careers guidance whether that be university or sports career ambitions.

Recognising Achievement

To motivate and inspire our students, we have clear guidelines and boundaries, as well as a defined policy that focuses upon positive behaviour.

This encourages students to reach their goals and are rewarded for doing so. Students build up weekly points by excelling in the following areas: attendance, punctuality, engagement, meeting deadlines and outstanding contributions. At the end of each month the top performing students will make it into the College’s Team of the Month. In addition to this one student from each site is nominated as ‘Student of the Month’. Student of the Months are awarded with a full-size FIFA Card and a £20 Amazon Voucher.

Each student who has made it into the Team of the Month is rewarded with a SUFC home match ticket, as well as granted access to one of our end of term trips. Previous trips have included tours of Old Trafford, Manchester City tickets, Alton Towers, Go-Karting and Paintball etc. At the end of the academic year all students are invited to the College Awards Evening. This event is an opportunity to recognise and reward achievement, with trophies handed out to those who excel in education and/or enrichment.

Student Support

Here at Sheffield United Community College, we pride ourselves on the wrap around care available to all of our students. Our aim is to develop students in all aspects of their lives and not just their academic ability. Students leave our courses as better people, not just better students.

Every student on the Education programme has access to pastoral support in the form of a learning mentor. Working alongside the tutors, the learning mentor strives to maintain high levels of engagement, participation, attendance, punctuality and attainment. Students are constantly monitored to ensure that they are achieving their target grades, are maximising their learning time and developing their independent learning skills.

The learning mentor is also responsible for ensuring students’ welfare and liaising with tutors to support personal and academic development throughout their time on the study programme. Combined with 1-1 meetings and progress monitoring, students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning in order to ensure they achieve the grades they deserve. Learning mentors will work with students to address any potential barriers they may face and strive to build supportive relationships to tailor their support to individual students’ needs. Our learning mentors are friendly, approachable and experienced and are successful in their roles, inspiring and motivating students to become more independent, innovative and responsible learners and be more empowered in solving their own problems.

In addition to this all students will also have access to Sheffield College’s support team who also provide well-being and personal support and financial advice, including travel passes and learner support funds, which can help towards the cost of travel, college kit and materials needed for your course.

Entry Requirements

  • An interest towards playing regular football or to work within the fitness industry
  • An interest to study a sport related qualification
  • There are no pre-requisites qualifications required to begin your NCFE Level 2 course.


Upon successful completion of this course, students have the opportunity to progress on to our Level 3 study programmes; BTEC Sport Level 3 or Esports Level 3.

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Find Out More

For further information or general course enquires please get in touch with Ryan Collins (Education Manager) via the contact details below: