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Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

Teacher in charge of Subject

Mr J Hillis
Head of KS5 PE


Are you interested in a career in the sports, health and fitness industry? Do you wish to develop your practical sports skills in a variety of sports? This Cambridge technical diploma qualification is aimed at students who display a love for sport, sports coaching and fitness.

This level 3 qualification is designed to equip students with the work-related knowledge, understanding and skills that they will need to prepare them for higher education or employment within the sports sector.  The Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport is a highly enjoyable, diverse and motivating subject which requires dedication and excellent levels of organisation.

If you display an enthusiasm towards sport, and enjoy working practically through performing, coaching and officiating then the Cambridge technical diploma in sport is for you!

  1. Course Title

    Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity

  2. Exam Board and Specification No.

    OCR – 05829

What do I need to have studied/have knowledge of?

To undertake The Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport, at the Commonweal Academy you will require a minimum of a pass standard at Level 2 BTEC in sport or a C at GCSE PE. You must also achieve the minimum requirements as outlined in the school admissions policy, and display a keen interest in Sport and current Sporting issues.

What will I learn on this course?

This sports based course is composed of 2- 3 external assessments (including exams and written coursework tasks that are externally moderated), and through internally moderated tasks which are assessed through the production of coursework portfolios. The course places a distinct emphasis on developing the knowledge base required to be successful in a range of sporting professions and degree based courses.

During the life of the course students will undertake a range of mandatory units, including some similar to the following:
Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport, The Physiology of Fitness, Assessing Risk in Sport, Fitness Training and Programming, Sports Coaching, Sports Development, Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise, Practical Team Sports and Practical Individual Sports.

As well as this students will undertake a number of optional units, including some similar to the following:
Outdoor and Adventurous Activities, Sports Nutrition, Current Issues in Sport, Leadership in Sport, Exercise, Health and Lifestyle, Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise, Psychology for Sports Performance, Sports Injuries, Sport and Exercise Massage, Rules, Regulations and Officiating in Sport, Organising Sports Events, Physical Education and the Care of Children and Young People, Sport as a Business, Work Experience in Sport, Sports Facilities and Operational Management, Sports Legacy Development, Profiling Sports Performance, Research Investigation in Sport and Exercise Sciences, Laboratory and Experimental Methods in Sport and Exercise Sciences.

What key skills will I develop?

The focus of this subject is to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work by providing opportunities to acquire key skills in application of number, communication, information and communication technology, working with others, problem solving and improving own learning and performance.  Throughout the course you will take part in practical projects and you will learn to carry out independent research whilst working on coursework based assignments.  ICT will be extensively used for portfolio and written assignments. The residential experiences and theoretical units will assist in the development of personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life.

How will I be assessed?

This Cambridge Technical qualification is a 720 (GLH) qualification that consists of mandatory units, plus a variety of optional units. Throughout the two year course you will take part in practical projects, which will take the form of case studies, evaluative studies, report writing, projects, training programmes, presentations and residential experiences and a range of externally assessed units/ examinations.

What could this course lead to?

The highly specialised training you will receive will enable you to progress onto higher education courses at college or Universities, or to enter employment within a range of sports related areas including: sport and exercise science, sports development, Sports coaching, sports engineering, sports management and coach education/ PE teaching.

Additional events, trips or enrichment activities

We aim to provide all students with a range of opportunities to visit fitness gyms, sport science laboratories, Sports coaching centres, Sports Injury clinics and Outdoor Education centres (residential experience).

Are there any additional costs for this course?

Students will be expected to have appropriate sports based kit to wear when representing the school both in lessons and extra-curricular activities.

Students will be expected to pay for an externally assessed Rock Climbing trip that the PE department organise (Approximately £25).

Students on the STFC Football Education Programme will also be expected to undertake their FA Level 1 Coaching qualification to supplement the Cambridge Technical course.  This is usually part-subsidised by STFC.

Any trips/ visits will incur an additional fee.

Mr J Hillis –