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Sport Cambridge Technical Single Award Introductory Diploma at Plymstock School

Course description

This Cambridge Technical qualification requires a number of skills due to the diverse nature of the course. Strength in independent learning is desirable as the course is 50% coursework assessed. An ability to analyse, discuss and argue is required when studying all modules. An ability to build skills, and develop a knowledge and understanding in sport would further enhance a career in this area.

This is a vocational style of course which does not have a practical performance element but does allow for practical based activity within each of the units. This is a 50% examination course equivalent to 1 A Level. It is assessed in the form of coursework which is graded at either pass (A Level grade E), Merit (A Level grade C) or Distinction (A Level grade A) and through similar grades on the exam paper.

Course content

Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity

  • Know the body's response to acute exercise
  • Know the long term effects of exercise on the body systems
  • Be able to investigate the physiological effects of exercise on the body systems
  • Know the structure and function of the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems
  • Know the different types of energy systems

Sports Coaching and Leadership

  • Know the roles, responsibilities and skills of sports coaches
  • Know the techniques used by coaches to improve the performance of athletes
  • Be able to plan a sports coaching session
  • Be able to deliver and review a sports coaching session

Sports Organisation and Development

  • The unit introduces learners to the diverse nature of sports development whilst exploring fundamental principles such as the sports development continuum and barriers to participation

Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • The unit will see learners understand the different elements to sports psychology, the importance the role of sports psychology plays and how performance can be improved with its use. This will cover topics such as personality traits, motivation, stress and arousal

Organisation of Sports Events

  • Organising sports events develops transferable skills and enables learners to work effectively in a team. The unit requires learners to deliver a sports event and consider promotional material and effective planning in making it a success, while reflecting on their role in the team

Entry requirements

At least 5 A*-C GCSEs (or equivalent). A qualification in PE is not a prerequisite. English GCSE grade C or above.


  • Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity (Examination)
  • Sports Coaching and Leadership (Coursework)
  • Sports Organisation and Development (Examination)
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology (Coursework)
  • Organisation of Sports Events (Coursework)

Future opportunities

Cambridge Technical provides a useful foundation for degree courses in a wide variety of subjects including: Sport Sciences, Sports Management, Sports Coaching or teaching and Leisure and Recreation, Sports Development and Sports Administration.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Plymstock School directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years