SPORT AND PHYSICAL ACTIVITY: Cambridge Technical Level 3

Entry Requirements

Sport BTEC Level 2 Pass, or GCSE Combined Science at Grade 5/5 or above, or GCSE Biology at Grade 5 or above


Unit 1 3


Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity


90min External 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.
Unit 2 3


Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership


Internally assessed through written coursework.

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.
Unit 3 3


Sport Organisation & Development

90min External 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.
Unit 4 3


Working Safely in Sport, Exercise, Health and Leisure


90min External Exam

Throughout the unit you will gain an understanding of key safety requirements to be able to ensure your own, and your clients’ safety. Topics include: understanding key health and safety legislations, knowing how to administer emergency first aid, understanding roles, responsibilities and reporting duties in safeguarding children and vulnerable adults and finally, knowledge of key health and safety documents, including how to carry out risk assessments.
Unit 5 3 Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise Assessed internally through written coursework and video evidence This unit will give you the skills and knowledge required to carry out performance profiling and analysis and deliver feedback to the performers in a manner that is suitable for them.
Unit 8 3


Organisation of Sports Events



Internally assessed through written coursework.

This unit is designed for you to develop skills in planning, promoting and delivering a sports event; with a focus primarily on your individual role as well as working as part of a team and reflecting on your input and future personal development. This unit will enable you to establish transferrable skills which can be used within sport and active leisure as well as within the fitness industry. It will also enhance skills such as team work, organisation and safeguarding awareness.
Unit 10 3 Biomechanics in Movement Analysis Internally assessed through written coursework. In this unit you will learn the axes and planes of movement, types of movement and levers that the body uses. You will also gain an understanding of Newton’s Laws of Motion, forces and stability and how the application of these can affect a performer in a sporting environment. You will also learn how to analyse movement in order to improve the performance of an athlete or performer.
Unit 11 3


Physical Activity for Specific Groups

Internally assessed through written coursework, practical observations and a presentation. This unit will allow you to develop a knowledge and understanding of the different groups of individuals who would benefit physiologically, psychologically and sociologically from participating in physical activity and why these particular groups are targeted by initiatives. This knowledge and understanding will then support you in planning suitable physical activity sessions for the groups identified and the considerations that need to be taken into account for each of them.
Unit 13 3 Health and Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise Internally assessed through written coursework. In this unit you will learn a range of fitness tests, what they test and their advantages and disadvantages. You will learn how to complete client consultations which will give you the background knowledge you need about a client to be able to plan and deliver appropriate fitness tests. You will then learn how to interpret the data acquired from fitness tests and how best to feed this back to the client so that they can go on to make informed decisions about their health and fitness training
Unit 17 3 Sports  Injuries and Rehabilitation Internally assessed through written coursework. This unit will teach you how to recognise and treat common sports injuries both immediately and through long-term rehabilitation programmes, the possible psychological impacts of sports injuries and how to minimise the risk of sports injuries occurring in the first instance. This unit requires a trip to the University of Gloucestershire to work with students enrolled on a Sports Therapy course.
Unit 18 3 Practical Skills in Sport & Physical Activities Internally assessed through practical observation and video evidence. This unit gives you the opportunity to participate in a number of different sports and outdoor and adventurous activities which allows you to experience first-hand situations that participants you may later be coaching or leading will come across. In this unit you will learn how to apply skills, tactics, techniques and knowledge in individual sports, team sports and outdoor and adventurous activities which will allow you to participate effectively, safely and enjoyably. This unit requires a trip to Plas Pencelli to complete a rock climbing and abseiling assessment.

This qualification is not just about being able to play sport or deal with elite athletes; employers need people who are able to lead sports and physical activities safely, work with the general public in providing sport and physical activity opportunities and help to promote physically active lifestyles. Therefore, this qualification will provide learners with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into employment in the sport and physical activity sector either through an apprenticeship or directly into work.

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. Cambridge Technicals provide entry to many Higher Education courses. With a good grounding in a wide range of sports disciplines our students go on to study sport related courses at a number of the UK’s leading universities.

Possible career pathways for those with a Cambridge Technical in Sport include Match Analyst, Nutritionist, Journalist, Sports Development Officer, Physiotherapist and many more. For those with career aspirations elsewhere, the Cambridge Technical course has many commonalities with a number of other courses and is complimented particularly well by Biology, Psychology, and History and to a lesser extent Maths and Physics. An A Level in PE may well be beneficial to further study in subjects as diverse as Medicine and Politics.