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Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity – Coaching, Leadership and Physical Education Pathway (L3 Diploma) at Shelley College

Course description

Why Study Cambridge Technicals in Sport?

Body systems and the effect of physical activity; Sports coaching and leadership, Sports organization and development; Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure; Organisation of sports events; Performance analysis in sport and exercise; Improving fitness for sport and physical activity; Preparing to work in sport, exercise, health and leisure; biomechanics and movement analysis; Physical activity for specific groups; Nutrition and diet for sport and exercise; Health and fitness testing for sport and exercise; Sports injuries and rehabilitation; Practical skills in sport and physical activity; Sport and exercise psychology; sport and exercise sociology.  

Entry requirements

The aim of our entry criteria policy is to ensure students are taking courses they are well suited to and are able to make progress in. We seek to provide courses well matched to the needs of our students, helping them to follow their chosen progression pathway.

Due to changes in the curriculum set-up for GCSE, AS and A Level which are currently taking place, we have reviewed our entry criteria from 2018/19 onwards and will continue to review this annually until all curriculum changes are effective.

We have also decided that for the 2018/19 entry students, those with a 4 at English or Maths GCSE will be offered the opportunity to resit that subject in order to achieve a Level 5.

Our main College entry requirements are as follows;

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from five different subject areas.

Purely vocational pathway require a minimum of four 4-9 grades at GCSE, including English and Maths (at least to Level 4) from four different subject areas.

A BTEC qualification may be counted as equivalent to two GCSE passes if students choose to follow a vocational pathway (i.e, OCR Cambridge National in Sport).


There will be three pathways which students can follow based on an average grade produced from their seven best GCSE results. The calculation being used for this van be seen overleaf.


Average Grade

Programme of study


Average grade of 7 or higher

3 or 4 A Levels


Average grade of 5 to 6.9

3 A Levels or a mixed A Level and Vocational pathway


Average grade of less than 5

Mixed (A Level and Vocational) or Vocational pathway


The method for calculating your average grade and additional subject requirements are within our full entry criteria document which can be found on the Sixth Form section of our website:



Body systems and the effects of physical activity – 1 hour 30 minute exam - 70 marks.

Sports organization and development – 1 hour 30 minute exam - 70 marks

Working safely in sport, exercise, heath and leisure– 1 hour 30 minute exam - 70 marks

Future opportunities

Career and future study options

This is a varied and flexible subject which develops lots of useful transferable skills and knowledge. Some learners may wish to gain the qualification in order to enter a specialist area of employment.


Possible career routes include:


Fitness instructor


Sporting facilities manager

Sports coach

Sports nutritionals

Sports development officer


Other learners may want to extend the specialism they studied on this course and study a sporting degree at University.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017
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