Help people develop a healthy lifestyle and teach them about the value of mental discipline. Studying for an apprenticeship in active leisure, learning and wellbeing can give you the opportunity to change the way someone thinks about fitness. Whether it’s through group classes or one on one training, you can inspire positive change in the lives of different people.  

The leisure sector features a variety of jobs for people with a passion for fitness. Learn how to run your own classes as a sports coach. Help to look out for first time swimmers as a lifeguard. Manage your own team as a leisure supervisor. 

The apprenticeship will give you the chance to develop different skills, such as coaching and managing people in an outdoor environment.   

What's the qualification?

The apprenticeship is split into two levels. Whether you’re beginning your career in leisure or want to develop your skills, the apprenticeship will help with progression.  

SCQF level 5/6 

You’ll gain a qualification in either:  

  • Instructing exercise and fitness at SCQF level 5 
  • Sport and active leisure: Operational Services at SCQF level 5 
  • Activity Leadership at SCQF level 5 
  • Playwork at SCQF level 6 
  • Sports coaching at SCQF level 6  

SCQF level 6/7  

You’ll gain a qualification in either:  

  • Outdoor programmes (Outdoor recreation or outdoor education) at SCQF level 6 
  • Personal training at SCQF level 6 
  • Leisure management at SCQF level 7 
  • Playwork at SCQF level 7 

SCQF qualification levels explained

What will I learn?

In the workplace, you’ll learn how to:   

  • Carry out best safety practices in a leisure environment 
  • Coach in a sports environment   
  • Develop and maintain working relationships  
  • Manage people in a leisure environment  

In addition, you’ll learn the following core skills:   

  • Problem-solving 
  • Communication 
  • Time management  
  • Working with others   

These transferable skills can be used for different jobs, such as playwork and coaching.  

Where could it take me?

This Modern Apprenticeship gives you different options to pursue. You could study for a university degree in sports science or go into full time work.  

Further study: Continue your education by studying for a relevant HND or HNC in the leisure sector. Your experience will support your application for higher fields of study.   

Straight to work: Make use of your qualifications and find a leisure related job.With this apprenticeship, you could move onto the following jobs:  

  • Junior leisure attendant 
  • Playwork supervisor 
  • Activity leader 
  • Sports coach 
  • Lifeguard 
  • Gym assistant  

Entry requirements

There are no set requirements for this apprenticeship.  


This Modern Apprenticeship will take between 12-24 months to complete.  

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