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OCR Level 3 Cambridge Technical Foundation Diploma in Sport and Physical Activity at Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre

Course description

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. It will also provide deeper insight into the workings of the human body and look at the importance of sports rehabilitation after injury and give pupils the chance to complete fitness tests within a sports laboratory. This course has been designed to provide vast and wide experiences that inspire interest and make you want to pursue a career in sport. 

This qualification will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into employment in the sport and physical activity sector. This qualification can lead to many jobs within the sports industry from Sports Physiotherapy, to P.E teaching, Sports Psychologists and many more. 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. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A levels, such as Cambridge Technicals in Business, A level Biology or A level Physics. 

Course content

The course will look at other mandatory units which are internally assessed:


• Sports coaching and activity leadership 

• Organisation of sports events 


• Practical skills in sport and physical activity

• Sports injuries and rehabilitation 

• Physical activity for specific groups


The course offers a wide variety of experiences within the sports industry making the course enjoyable and interesting. The vast experiences given will also increase employability making you attractive to Universities and future employers.

Entry requirements

An interest in sport is sport is essential and having studied Physical Education at GCSE/OCR will be beneficial but not compulsory. It is also recommended that you have grade4 or above in Maths and English GCSE.


There will be three externally assessed units which are examination based:

The external exams are: 


Unit 1: Body systems and the effects of physical activity 

• 90 guided learning hours

• 1 hour 30 minutes exam totalling 70 marks


Unit 3: Sports organisation and development 

• 60 guided learning hours 

• 1 hour written paper totalling 60 marks  



Unit 4: Working Safely in Sport, Exercise, Health and Leisure

• 90 guided learning hours 

• 1 hour 30 minutes exam totalling 70 marks


The rest of the units are made up from coursework. These are detailed below.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Ilsley Catholic Technology College and Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2017
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