Activity Leadership Apprenticeship (Intermediate Level 2)

Course Information

  • Course Code: S169
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • Validated by: ACTIVEIQ

This Apprenticeship covers a range of occupations within Leisure & Learning Activities, one of the largest industries in the country. Apprentices interested in Coaching could train as a coach in a public leisure centre or private sports facility or learn how to support learners doing after school activity in large scale organisations like in schools. You could progress to work in all sorts of aspects of the sports industry from small private sector companies to chain leisure centres through to individual personalised training. 

If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

What will I study?

Selection of units from the Activity Leadership (Coaching /PE) Intermediate Apprenticeship:

  • Prepare for Activity Sessions
  • Lead Activity Sessions
  • Conclude and Review Active Sessions
Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements to study an Apprenticeship at Blackburn College. You will have an initial assessment when you come in for an interview, and this will show the level of English and maths qualifications, known as functional skills, that you will study alongside your apprenticeship.

Blackburn College will work with applicants to help find a suitable employer where possible. However we always advise anyone looking to undertake an apprenticeship to be actively seeking employment for themselves too.

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in one or more of the following ways:

  • Course work
  • Exams
  • Oral Questioning
  • Portfolio of Evidence
  • Practical Demonstration /Assignment
  • Practical Examination
  • Written Examination
What can I do next?

The Intermediate Apprenticeship will give you the opportunity to progress onto an Advanced Apprenticeship. On successful completion of the Apprenticeship natural progression would be to a higher level course or promotion within your employment to give you a broader range and quality of skills and understanding of the industry and its requirements.

Your Study Programme

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Career Options

Sports Development Officer

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 35-40 hours per week

Sports development officers organise sports based projects and training to encourage people to take part in sport and to have a healthier lifestyle. Their aim is to make it easier for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy sport. If you are enthusiastic about sport and you have great communication and leadership skills, then this could be the role for you. You will also need strong organisational skills and the ability to manage projects and budgets. To get into this work you’ll need to have knowledge and experience of how to encourage people to take up sport. Many sports development officers also have a degree or equivalent, in sports development or sports coaching. If you are able to show that you have relevant experience, you may not need a degree. You can often get experience by volunteering for local sports projects.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Leisure Centre Manager

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 37 hours per week

If you’re interested in sport, fitness and leisure and are keen to work with the public in a busy and varied environment, this could be the career for you.

You would be responsible for the day-to-day running of the centre, managing a team of staff and making sure that visitors using the facilities have an enjoyable time.

You will need to be well organised, have excellent communication skills and be willing to work with sports bodies to promote events and schemes.

You can become a centre manager by completing a higher education qualification in leisure management or by working your way up through an organisation.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Leisure Centre Assistant

  • £
    + starting salary
  • 40 hours per week

If you are interested in sport and like working with the public, this could be the job for you.

As a leisure centre assistant, you would help and supervise visitors using leisure centre facilities.

In this job you will need to be very aware of health and safety issues. You will also need to be a good communicator and have customer service skills.

You don't need any particular qualifications to get into this type of work, although some experience in a customer service role will help you. You may be able to get into this job through an Apprenticeship. You will need Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) clearance.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Future income

Starting salaries can be around £12,000 a year.

Experienced instructors can earn around £18,000 a year.

Senior instructors, expedition leaders and managers can earn £25,000 a year or more.

Figures are intended as a guideline only.



If you are aged 16-24, and you don't think you have the necessary 'work-ready' skills, we also offer Traineeships. Our 8 week courses provide the essential work preparation training, English, maths and work experience needed to secure your place on an Apprenticeship. More information can be found here

Additional Apprenticeship Information

Apprentices should work for at least 30 hours per week and an Apprenticeship takes between one and five years* to complete, depending upon the level of Apprenticeship and the industry sector. Most of the training is delivered in the workplace, so you will learn the skills you need to do the job well. The rest of the training is given by Blackburn College, either at the workplace, in College or via e-learning. The training is specifically tailored to ensure you develop the skills the employer wants, giving apprentices a real advantage in the workplace.

This means that apprentices not only have better long term salary prospects, but they also have excellent progression opportunities, whether looking to study further or climb the ranks within the workplace.