LEVEL: Level 3 Technicals - A Level Equivalent

EXAM BOARD: OCR

AIMS OF THE COURSE:
Cambridge Technical are vocational qualifications at Level 2 and Level 3 for students aged 16+. They are designed with the workplace in mind and provide a high-quality alternative to A Levels. They combine assessment with exam and coursework, students must pass both elements to gain the qualification.

WHAT DO I NEED TO STUDY THE COURSE?
GCSE Grade 4 or above in Science and English Language. You must also be involved in regular training and competition and have a club standard performance level in at least one sport.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?
• Year 12: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity (1 AS Level)
• Year 13: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity (1 A Level)

Year 12 Mandatory Units:
Unit 1 – Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity
Unit 2 – Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership

Year 13 Mandatory Unit: Unit 3 – Sports Organisation and Development
Additional Units:
Unit 5 – Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise Units
18 – Practical Skills in Sport and Physical Activities

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Unit 1 is externally assessed through a 1 hour 30 minute, 70 marks exam
Unit 3 is externally assessed through a 1 hour, 60 marks exam
Units 2,5 & 18 are internally assessed using specified grading criteria

A wide range of centre assessed units with practical and wider project based assessment 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; and how businesses in sport are organised and what success looks like to them. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

IS THIS FOR YOU?

You should give this course serious consideration if:
 You have an enjoyment of and an interest in sport
 You are interested in the human body and how it is affected by sport
 You are thinking of a career in the sport or leisure industry
 You are self motivated and driven to work individually and within a team
 You have a desire to inspire and lead others to be fit and active in sport
 You enjoy working with members of the community e.g. primary schools
 You want to achieve excellence in your own sporting performance
 You are prepared to conduct independent research using a range of resources

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Upon completion you will be able to start working in the sector or progress further in education including university level courses. You could also study for your fitness instructor/personal trainer qualification part time at college whilst starting work. Careers include: Coaching, Teaching and Instructing; Instructing Physical Activity and Exercise; Achieving Excellence in Sports Performance; Leisure Management; Sports Development; Armed Forces; Emergency Services; Outdoor Education, Development Training or Recreation.

LEVEL: A Level – Linear

EXAM BOARD: OCR

WHY CHOOSE PHYSICAL EDUCATION?
Because a challenge is good for the mind and body! An opportunity to be the best you can be. It involves a mixture of practical and theory work studying areas from a variety of scientific and cultural disciplines, from biology and psychology, through to socio-culture and history. You will develop the skills of a scientist as well as those of a practical performer. Physical Education makes a fantastic subject choice and combines well with many other subjects.

AIMS OF THE COURSE
You will develop your knowledge & skills in selected activities. Exploring contemporary sociological issues in modern sport & looking at the effects of exercise on training & performance so that you can analyse how you can develop skills. You will compare & contrast sport in differing cultures & look at the role of technology or psychology in sporting performance. You will find ways to improve your own performance through greater understanding.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

AS – An introduction to Physical Education – Theory unit – You will cover three different units:
1 – Anatomy & Physiology, Acquiring Movement Skills. This develops a deeper understanding of the body, how it moves, works & helps you understand the functions of the physiological systems in the body. You will learn about the brain and how it processes information to improve performance.
2 – Socio-cultural studies – this looks at cultural factors, barriers to sport, funding of sport & how the media impacts sport & physical activity.
3 – Evaluation & Improving Performance (Practical Unit) – You will improve & develop your understanding of fitness. You will be assessed on two sports by taking part in an interview to improve performance.

A2 – Principles and Concepts Across Different Areas of Physical Education (Theory Unit) – You will cover three different units: 1. Historical Studies; 2. Sports Psychology; 3. Exercise Physiologies. You will be assessed on one sport and take part in a verbal interview that will test your knowledge of the theoretical units at AS & A2.

HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
AS – 1 Exam: 60% (2hrs)
Practical: 40%
A2 – 1 Exam: 60% (2.5hrs)
Practical: 40%

WHERE CAN IT LEAD?
Further education options for students of Physical Education include Sport Science, Sports Therapy, Coaching, PE. Relevant careers include Coaching, Teaching, Physiotherapy, Psychologists, Armed Forces.