This qualification is not just about being able to play sport, it will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into Higher Education on a sport-related programme such as Sport and Physical Education, Sport Science, Sport Coaching and Development or Sport and Leisure Management.
The units will give learners an understanding of sport within the wider contexts of coaching and leadership, anatomy and physiology and the body's short and long term responses to physical activity. Learners will also develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.
The Cambridge Technical Certificate is the equivalent to one A’ Level. Three mandatory units must be completed plus two optional units to achieve the full qualification.
- Body systems and the effects of physical activity. Externally assessed exam (paper - 1 hour 30 minutes)
Sports coaching and activity in leadership. Internally assessed assignment
Sports injuries. Internally assessed assignment
- Sports organisation and development. Externally assessed exam (paper - 1 hour)
- Plus two optional units which are internally assessed assignments
40% exam / 60% coursework
Assignments are internally marked and externally moderated. Exams are set by OCR and are externally marked. Students are awarded an overall grade at the end of the 2 years. They will receive either a pass, merit, distinction or distinction*.
Students will be assessed throughout Year 1 through internal assessment, mock exams and, where available, external exams. Students need to demonstrate strong performance in all assessments to gain entry to year 2.
Minimum of five 9-4 grades in GCSE examinations including English and Maths.
The broad base of this qualification makes it suitable for a wide range of future opportunities. The course, is worth up to 28 UCAS points so, if you complete it successfully, you could move on to study for a degree. It gives students a wide choice of progression options outside of higher education such as training and apprenticeships or other relevant employment in the sport and leisure industry.
Future courses & possible careers:
- Sports Therapy
- Sports Management
- Personal Training