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Post 16 Prospectus Entry 2021-2022

Department:   Ex Arts

Subject:           Level 2 Certificate Sport and Physical Activity

Exam Board: OCR

QAN: 603/0520/4

Level: Cambridge Technical

Duration: 1 Year

Course Title:   Level 2 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity

What does the course involve?

This qualification is for learners who are 16 years old or over, and want to study sport, leisure or fitness.

This qualification is not just about being able to play sport; it will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress onto an Apprenticeship, a Level 3 Tech Level qualification or employment in the sport and physical activity sector. Apprenticeships learners could progress to include Community Sport and Health Officer. Job roles learners could progress to include Assistant Activity Leader.

What will I study?

The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications, GCSE resits or A-Levels.

Learners will take four mandatory units:

  • Physical activity, health and wellbeing
  • Physical preparation and readiness for sport and physical activity
  • Leading sport and physical activity sessions
  • Inclusivity, diversity and equality in delivering sport and physical activity

These units will give learners knowledge and understanding of the short and long term effects of sport and physical activity on the body systems and how participation can benefit health and wellbeing. Learners will also learn how to select appropriate sports or physical activities for people to participate in depending on their needs which includes their age; their ability; any disabilities, injuries or illnesses; their cultural background and their likes and dislikes before going on to develop skills in delivering safe, inclusive and enjoyable sport and physical activity sessions.

How is the course assessed?

Examinations and Coursework that is moderated.

What can I do with this course in the future?

Apprenticeships that this qualification can lead to include: Advanced Level apprenticeships in Coaching, and Personal Training.

Job roles that this could help to prepare you for include Personal Trainer, Assistant Sports Coach, or Sports and Activity Coordinator.

It could also provide a route into Higher Education on a sport-related programme such as Sport and Physical Education, Sport Science or Sport Coaching and Development.

Statement of purpose:

Who is the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity for?

This qualification is for learners who are 16 years old or over and want to develop their skills in preparation for employment in the Sport and Physical Activity sector.

This qualification is not just about being able to play sport or deal with elite athletes; employers need people who are able to develop sports skills for teams and individuals, work with clients and participants to improve their fitness and change their lifestyles and monitor progress and improvement over time, adapting practices and approaches to suit the needs of individuals. Therefore, this qualification will develop learners’ skills in preparation for employment in sports coaching or personal training either through an apprenticeship or directly into work. Apprenticeships that this qualification can lead to include: Advanced Level apprenticeships in Coaching, and Personal Training. Job roles that this could help to prepare you for include Personal Trainer, Assistant Sports Coach, or Sports and Activity Coordinator.

It could also provide a route into Higher Education on a sport-related programme such as Sport and Physical Education, Sport Science or Sport Coaching and Development.

Units:

Learners will take 11 or 12 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
  • Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure
  • Physical activity for specific groups

These units will give learners skills, knowledge and understanding related to key aspects which underpin how sport and physical activity is delivered and organised, such as anatomy and physiology in relation to physical performance, coaching skills, the structure of sport in the UK and the organisations involved, the target groups that would most benefit from participation in physical activity and why and safe practice in sport and leisure. Learners will also develop transferable skills that employers are looking for such as planning, communication, adaptability and leadership.

Learners will choose to follow at least one of two specialised pathways depending on the career they wish to pursue. Depending on the pathway chosen the units learners take will vary:

Pathway – Sports Coaching

Units include Performance analysis in sport and exercise, Sports injuries and rehabilitation and Organisation of sports events.

The type of job roles this pathway could lead to are Multi-Sports Coach, Activity Leader or Sports and Activity Coordinator; the skills, knowledge and understanding learners will gain through this pathway will include how teams are formed and different leadership approaches to suit them, different types of practice methods that can be used within sport to improve performance and how to analyse performance and movement to support coaching methods and approaches. Other skills which will be developed include planning and organisation, communication and adaptability.