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Sport & Physical Activity

About the course: 

CTEC Sports Studies (Extended Certificate/ Diploma/ Extended Diploma) 

The CTEC Sports Studies course aims to provide students with the opportunity to develop coaching and sports science experience that will lead on to University ports courses or full time employment in the sports industry. 

It will build on CNAT sports studies (students may be able to study sport at KS5 if they did not at KS4) skills. Students will be responsible for recording and evaluating their sports performance and others, coaching all levels of students as a PE teacher and also gaining a knowledge of anatomy and sports injury. 

There are three routes to choose between:

Extended Certificate: The assessment structure comprises three mandatory units and then a choice of two additional units and is equivalent to 1 A level.   If you choose this option you must study two other Level 3 subjects.

Diploma: The assessment structure comprises nine mandatory units and a choice of two additional units, equivalent to 2 A levels. If you choose this option you must study one other Level 3 subject.

Extended Diploma: The assessment structure comprises thirteen mandatory units and a choice of four additional units, equivalent to 3 A levels. This is the only qualification you will study if you choose this option.

What does this qualification cover?

The content consists of a balance between a number of key areas in Physical Education, providing pupils with options when choosing higher education courses or work based opportunities.

The programme covers the following content areas:

  • Body systems (Skeletal, Muscular, Cardiovascular, Respiratory and energy systems)
  • Sports coaching
  • Sports organisation
  • Performance Analysis in sport
  • Practical skills in sport

How will it be assessed: 

Unit 1: Body Systems - Written examination, 1.5 hours- 90 marks. 

Unit 3: Sports organisations- Written examination, 1.5 hours- 90 marks 

Unit 4: Working safely in sport- Written examination, 1.5 hours- 90 marks 

Unit 21: The business of sport- Written examination, 1.5 hours- 90 marks 

All other units are assessed portfolio work including video analysis of sports performance 

The mandatory units are: 

  • Body systems (Exam) 
  • The business of sport (Exam) 
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation (CW) 
  • Working in active leisure facilities (CW) 
  • Improving fitness for sport (CW) 
  • Sport nutrition (CW) 
  • Practical sports (CW) 
  • Sports injuries (CW) 
  • PA for specific groups (CW) 
  • Organisation of sports events (CW) 
  • Working safely in sport (CW) 
  • Performance analysis (CW) 
  • Working safely in sport (Exam) 
  • Sports organisation and development (Exam) 
  • Sports coaching (CW) 

What is expected of you:

You will be expected to attend all lessons and complete all tasks on time. You will need to have a passion for sports and be able to cope with the pressures of a demanding course. You should be revising for the exams in your own time. Most of the coursework will be ran through Google classroom and you must keep up to date by working in class and at home. You will be expected to represent the school as a coach/teacher in the community and have a positive attitude. You will also be expected to film and edit your own performance at two sports.

What it prepares you for:

Higher Education                                                     

  • Any sports course
  • Physiotherapy
  • Teaching and coaching courses


  • Sports coach
  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports analyst/therapist

Entry Requirements:

Learners are most likely to succeed if they have:

• 5 GCSEs at grades 4 or above and/or

• BTEC or CNAT qualification(s) at Level 2

• Achievement in English and Mathematics at GCSE.

Qualification details:

CTEC Sport & Physical Activity, Level 3

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For more information:

If you are an internal applicant, please talk to your PE teacher about the possibility of studying CTEC Sports Studies in the sixth form. Alternatively, you may choose to talk to Mr J Metcalfe (Subject Lead).

If you are an external applicant and would like more details about this course please email