Exam Board: OCR



General Information

Cambridge Technicals have been developed by OCR building on our link with the University of Cambridge and the Cambridge Approach to assessment and its reputation for offering creative and inspiring vocational qualifications. The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Studies take a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/Physical Education themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.

Course Outline & Assessment

Unit 1- Anatomy & Physiology– Examined unit

Unit 2- Sports Coaching & Leadership– Practical & Coursework based

Unit 3- Sports Organisation & Development– Practical & Coursework based

Unit 4- Organisation of a Sports Event– Practical & Coursework based

Course Content

Unit 1– Anatomy & Physiology

This unit will support you to develop an understanding of the major body systems related to exercise such as the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems is a crucial step for anyone aspiring to work in the sports industry. This unit will enable learners to know the structure of each of these systems and understand the role and function they take on as the body starts to exercise.

Unit 2– Sports Coaching & Leadership

The purpose of this unit is to show learners how varied the role and responsibilities of a coach can be and how they can impact on an athlete’s performance and even their career. It will also show learners how a variety of methods and techniques need to be used by a coach in order to ensure that they are getting the best out of their athletes.

Unit 3– Sports Organisation & Development

This unit will also examine the various factors which either influence or hinder sports participation. Determinants such as ethnicity, gender and socio-economic groupings are also identified as barriers to sports participation.

Unit 4– Organisation of a Sports Event

The unit enables learners to practically apply theoretical knowledge in planning and delivering a sports event. Taught content and summative assessment develop team work and communication skills whilst highlighting the importance of effective planning and organisation. Learners will plan, run and evaluate an event of their own choosing within the constraints of time, budget and institute resources. Events can vary in scale from sports quizzes, coaching mornings and tournaments to larger scale fundraising events, competitions or inter-form competitions. The unit will help the leaner to understand the implications and considerations of running a sports event.

Careers and Higher Education Opportunities:

Employment opportunities Educational Progression
Foundation and Honours Degrees in:
Sports coaching Sports Development
Sport and leisure industry Leisure Management
Professional sports Sports Science
Health and fitness Sports Event Management
Coaching and training
Personal training/instructing


How will I be assessed?

Assessment is primarily by portfolio building but will include a mandatory examination unit and some practical assessments and presentations. There is a substantial amount of theory which is backed up by practical pathways.


Extra-curricular enrichment opportunities

Students are provided with extensive support from teachers, in order to complete their assessments. Students may be requested to complete additional work at home from time to time, however they are asked to use college time effectively. The Post 16 Library is available to enhance research and studying and electronic resources are available online. Regular support sessions will be available at lunchtimes, after school and break times throughout the course to help students with homework, projects and exam preparation.


Unit 1-A&P University trip– lab testing for some areas of A&P.

Unit 2-Sports Coaching & Leadership


Work with local Primary schools to help with the delivery of sessions (task 3).
Careers in sport Visit University/Open Days to give an insight into the jobs available in sport.

Unit 18-Practical skills


Visit Moseley rock climbing/Ackers/Edgbaston Reservoir-complete outdoor activities section

Unit 3-Sports Org and Develop


Visit the FA (Wembley or St Georges) to look at the functions of the FA as a Governing body.


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