Sport and Physical Activity (Cambridge Technical)

Subject Leader
Mr Waterson
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Aims of the course

  • Develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of Sport and Physical Activity.
  • Gain an insight into the sector as they investigate opportunities for delivering sport and physical activity to a wide range of participants.
  • Gain core skills required for employment or further study in the sector such as communication, analysis, organisation and adaptation.

Course content

The course will involve covering a range of units throughout the 2 year course taken from a variety of topic options, they are:

  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Sports organisation and development
  • Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure
  • Physical activity for specific groups
  • Organisation of sport events
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • Practical skills in sport and physical activities

A range of delivery strategies will be used, this will include both theory and practical application. It will also include research and observing or interviewing those who currently work in the sports sector.


There are three externally assessed units and five internally assessed units. Body systems and the effects of physical activity and Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure are assessed by a 90-minute written exam made up of multiple, short or long answer questions. Sports organisation and development is assessed by a 60-minute written exam also made up of short and long answer questions. The other five are internally assessed through a list of criteria, based on the achievement of specified learning outcomes by each student. Each unit has a specified assessment and grading criteria, which are used for grading purposes. Students will be provided with these criteria at the start of a unit and are made aware of their progress throughout and what to do to achieve a higher grade. A completed unit will be awarded a pass, merit or distinction.

This qualification can lead to Advanced Level apprenticeships in Coaching, Leisure Management and Exercise and Fitness or to job roles such as Fitness Instructor, Activity Leader or a Leisure/Recreation Assistant. It could also provide a route 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.

Career opportunities

The transferable skills that are developed in the study of Sport and Physical Activity will allow access to a range of career opportunities. However, there are certain sectors that are particularly relevant:

  • Sports science
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Personal trainer
  • Physiotherapist
  • Diet and fitness