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Cambridge Technicals in Sport at Portslade Aldridge Community Academy

Course description

If you prefer to learn in a way that is practical and work-related, then Cambridge Technicals are ideal. The great thing about them is that they keep your options open – so if you’re not fully convinced that a vocational way of learning is right for you, Cambridge Technicals keep the door open for a move to higher education further down the line.

They have been designed to give you opportunities to demonstrate and develop the practical application of knowledge and understanding in the areas of work that appeal to you. This will enable you to develop your research skills as you work, both independently and with colleagues, to progress through your qualifications

What skills will I gain from studying Sport?

Students will:

  • Prepare for further learning or training.
  • Develop essential knowledge, transferable skills and personal skills in a subject area that interests them with the aim of enhancing their employability.
  • Develop their knowledge and skills as part of their Continual Professional Development (CPD )
  • Achieve a nationally recognised vocational qualification.

Learners will also have the opportunity to acquire the essential knowledge and tools for the world of work by developing transferable skills such as planning, research and analysis, working with others and effective communication.

Course content

Level 3 Cambridge Nationals Introductory Diploma (equivalent to 1 A level)

Compulsory units include:-

  • Unit 1 Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport
  • Unit 2 Sports coaching
  • Unit 3 Current issues in sport
  • Unit 4 The physiology of fitness
  • + 3 other optional units

Level 3 Cambridge Nationals Diploma (equivalent to 2 A levels)

All of the above plus 6 other optional units varying from

  • Work experience
  • Sports injuries
  • Nutrition in sport
  • Practical sport

Entry requirements

5 A* to C GCSE grades


Assessment of units are by centre devised assignments or tasks.  Students will draw on real work-based opportunities in order to generate evidence.  The tasks are divided equally between researched and written work as well as practical tasks.

Performance at unit level is graded as Pass, Merit or Distinction. These grades are aggregated to provide an overall grade for the qualification. Qualifications above Pass grade are graded Merit, Distinction and Distinction*

All units are assessed and moderated by class teachers and then externally moderated by an OCR Visiting Moderator.

Future opportunities

The great thing about the Cambridge Technicals is that they still give you a choice of opportunities once you’ve completed them:

Employment, E.g. Sports coaching, Sports Centre Staff/management, Community Sports Development…

Higher education E.g. Sports Science Degree, Qualified Teaching Status Degree, Physiotherapist Degree, Sports Coaching Degree, Sports Nutrition Degree, Sport Psychologist Degree…

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Portslade Aldridge Community Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 January 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September