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Sport and Physical Activity, Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate. (1 A Level Equivalent) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

Equivalent to 1 A Level, so you need to choose two more subject choices
This course is ideal for students who would like to extend their knowledge of Sport and Physical Activity through vocational learning.   It will provide learners with the
opportunity to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding required by the sport and physical activity sector and to develop further skills by completing a wide range of units through a sports coaching pathway.

Course content

2 Exams

  • Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity
  • Sports Organisation and Development

3 Coursework units

  • Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership
  • Organisation of Sports Events

Practical Skills in Sport and Physical Activities

Entry requirements

Min 4 in PE + 4 GCSE 9-4  (will have to pick two other A'level/BTEC too if selecting this course)


2 year course comprising two written exams in the first year followed by 1  written exam in year 13.  Students will complete 11 units in total.  Controlled coursework and portfolio production for 8 units.  All units will be graded either unclassified, Pass, Merit or Distinction.

Future opportunities

This qualification is recognised by UCAS and will allow students to progress onto Degree courses. 

Knowledge and skills gained whilst completing this course would easily be transferred into a place of work.

Further information

You will be expected to support and lead a variety of sports events at College and in the community.  

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: 27 September 2018
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.