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You will gain knowledge of the effects that participation in physical activity can have on the body systems and how this in turn can impact a person’s physical and mental health.  You will also gain knowledge of how health can be measured and the wider goings on in society in relation to sport and physical activity.

A Level 3 Cambridge Technical in Sport and Physical Activity qualifications will allow your students to achieve their potential and progress to the next stage of their lives, whether it be Higher Education, an apprenticeship, or employment. It is a recognised qualification designed to take you to university.


There are five units to be delivered over two years that will be selected from the following six:

Unit 1 Physical Activity, Health and Wellbeing - mandatory

By completing this unit, students will gain knowledge of the effects that participation in physical activity can have on the body systems and how this in turn can impact a person’s physical and mental health. They will also gain knowledge of how health can be measured and the wider goings-on in society in relation to sport and physical activity.

Unit 2 Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership - mandatory

This unit will give students an understanding behind the theory of what makes good sports coaches and activity leaders and methods that can be employed to improve the performance of sports participants. They will explore the roles and responsibilities of coaches and leaders and how these differ from each other and be involved in delivering and teaching sport and physical activity. The main part of the unit is related to your students developing the skills and understanding necessary to effectively plan and deliver a series of sports or activity sessions, reflecting on their own practice and using this feedback to improve their performance as a sports coach or activity leader.

Unit 3 Sports Organisation and Development - mandatory

In this unit students will gain an understanding of the organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. They will also gain an understanding of sports development including the organisations involved, who sports development is targeted at, why sports development is carried out and how the success of sports development initiatives can be measured.

Unit 17 Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation - optional

This unit will teach students how to recognise and treat common sports injuries both immediately and through longer-term rehabilitation programmes, the possible psychological impacts of sports injuries and how to minimise the risk of sports injuries occurring in the first instance.

Unit 18 Practical Skills in Sport and Physical Activities - optional

This unit gives students the opportunity to participate in a number of different sports and outdoor activities which allows them to experience, first-hand, situations that participants they may later be coaching or leading will come across. In this unit students will learn how to apply skills, tactics, techniques and knowledge in individual sports, team sports and outdoor activities which will allow them to participate effectively, safely and enjoyably.

Unit 19 Sport and Exercise Psychology - optional

This unit aims to apply the principles of sociology to sport to explain how sport is shaped by society and how in turn it impacts our behaviour and relationships. Students will learn how different sociological theories apply to sport before looking at the influences and impacts that sport and society can have on each other and the role the media has to play in it all.


A wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project-based assessment opportunities, as well as examined units on the body systems and the long and short term impacts of sport and physical activity; how sport is organised and the purpose of sports development; health and safety requirements in sport and physical activity; the purpose of, and how to conduct, research in sport and physical activity; and how businesses in sport are organised and what success looks like to them.


It is a qualification, which involves diverse theory knowledge and sports participation in a variety of units. All units of the qualification are delivered by specialist PE staff and will be supported by classwork, homework and recall tasks in addition to independent work, internal and external examinations.


Students will develop the skills and confidence they need to progress into a fulfilling, exciting career. The sport and fitness industry is always moving and changing, making it essential for learners to have the drive and resilience to adapt.


There are many different careers a qualification in this sector could lead to: Personal Trainer/ Fitness Instructor, Nutritionist, Psychologist, Sports Analyst, Sports Media, Leisure Manager, Sports Coach, Outdoor Activities Instructor. 


Grade 5 in GCSE PE (and grade 5 equivalent in the theory component of GCSE) or Distinction in BTEC Sport Level 2 and an ability to compete in team and individual sport to a competitive level.