Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity.

This award is the equivalent of one A level and is designed to be a two year course. This qualification is for learners 16 years old or over who want to study sport, leisure or fitness. An essential requirement is an enthusiasm for sport. 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 program.
Learners will take between five and six units made up of mandatory and optional units. Everybody will study the following mandatory units:
  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Sports organisation and development
These units will give learners an understanding of sport in the wider contexts of coaching and leadership, anatomy and physiology, the body’s short and long-term responses to physical activity and the framework of sport in the UK and the organisations involved. Learners will also develop transferable skills such as planning, communication, adaptability, and leadership.

Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity – 90 minutes (70 mark exam) In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the structures and functions of the key body systems, how these support and impact performance in sport and physical activity and the effects that physical activity, training, and lifestyle can have on them.

Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership – assignment based portfolio of work

This unit will give you an understanding behind the theory of what makes good sports coaches and activity leaders and methods that can be employed to improve the performance of participants. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of coaches and leaders and how these differ from each other and others involved in delivering and teaching sport and physical activity. The main part of the unit is related to you developing the skills and understanding necessary to effectively plan and deliver a series of sports or activity sessions, reflecting on your own practice and using this feedback to improve your performance as a sports coach or activity leader.

Sports Organisation and Development – 60 minutes (60 mark exam)

In this unit, you will gain an understanding of the organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. You will also gain an understanding of sports development, including the organisations involved, who sports development is targeted at and why, how sports development is carried out and how the success of sports development initiatives can be measured. The two optional units are subject to change based on the characteristics of the group.
This, combined with other qualifications, will provide learners with the skills, knowledge, and understanding to progress into Higher Education (HE) on a sport-related programme such as, Sport and Physical Education, Sport Science, Sports Coaching and Development or Sport and Leisure Management. It will also allow them to choose non-sports related degree programmes or take them into employment where they would continue to study. OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity. Learners will develop transferable skills that are valued by HE and employers such as:
  • Communication
  • Planning
  • Teamwork
  • Research
  • Analysis