Who can become a Professional Learning Centre (PLC)?

A number of organisations can apply to become PLCs:

  • Training providers
  • Local authorities
  • Universities
  • Schools and educational institutions

There are a number of criteria that a centre must agree with and meet to become an accredited PLC – please see the the PLC Terms and Conditions for more information.

All PLCs must have at least one trained Tutor – a Tutor/Assessor who has attended a PLC induction day.

Prior to attending a PLC Induction Day, you must apply to become a PLC and apply for your first course. 

Who can be Tutor/Assessors and Internal Verifiers?

You must also submit CVs for all your Tutor/Assessors and your Internal Verifier(s) in support of your PLC and course applications.

Tutor/Assessors must:

  • Be QTS accredited
  • Have experience of being a primary school PE subject leader
  • Have experience of leading on professional learning programmes (CPD programmes) 

Internal Verifiers must:

  • Be QTS accredited

What are the fees?

See the current price for these qualifications.

Can a Further Education college become a PLC?

Yes, providing that they have the appropriately qualified members of staff to deliver the courses.

Staff will need to have QTS accreditation and experience of delivering physical education within primary schools to become a Tutor.

QLTS is not appropriate as they will typically not have primary school experience, particularly with the younger age groups.

How do I deliver the course?

The course delivery is determined by each PLC – Sports Leaders UK does offer guidance through the Tutor Resource.

The qualifications are designed to be delivered over a number of tutored days.

The Level 5 qualification is designed to be delivered in six tutored days typically spread across a 6-12 month period. The Level 6 is designed to be delivered in two days over a further 3-6 months.

PLCs should allow an appropriate amount of time in between each tutored day to allow delegates to complete assessment tasks.

Refer to the guided learning hours; Level 5 or Level 6. 

Are PLCs responsible for marketing courses?

Yes. PLCs are responsible for promoting any courses they run to prospective delegates.

Sports Leaders UK can signpost prospective delegates to any ‘open’ courses – PLCs must declare if they would like course details to be made public if a request is made by a prospective delegate.

Do PLCs need to use Sports Leaders UK branding when promoting the course?

This is not a requirement but PLCs can with permission. PLCs can request the use of Sports Leaders UK’s logo here.

Date printed: 13/12/2018

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