Sport and Physical Activity

Sport and fitness is a huge industry, with the sector in England alone contributing almost £20 billion to the UK economy each year. The study of Sport and Physical Activity will provide you with a solid grounding in the fundamental concepts that underpin sporting activity. You’ll gain a solid foundation in human physiology and how our muscles, tissues and organs work together during exercise, as well as the importance of nutrition and how performance can be maintained and maximised through appropriate dietary choices. In addition, you’ll have the opportunity to put into practice the principles of coaching, effective leadership and rehabilitation and learn how to apply these in the management of individuals in a sporting environment.

Course Type

Level 3 Certificate and Extended Certificate

Entry requirements

  • Grade C in GCSE Core and Additional Science
  • Level 5 in GCSE English Language

Course breakdown

In Year 12, students will study the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Unit 2 – Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Unit 12 – Nutrition and diet for sport and exercise

In Year 13, students will study the following units:

  • Unit 3 – Sports organisation and development
  • Unit 11 – Physical activity for specific groups
  • Unit 17 – Sports injuries and rehabilitation

How will the course be assessed?

At the end of Year 12, you will be entered for the Level 3 Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity.

  • Exam: Unit 1 – 1.5 hours – 50% of Certificate
  • Coursework: Unit 2 –50% of Certificate

There will be the opportunity to re-sit the exams once more in January 2018 or June 2018, should you need to.

At the end of Year 13, you will be entered for the Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport and Physical Activity. This will include the results for Units 1 and 2, where each count for 25%, in addition to:

  • Exam: Unit 3 – 1.5 hours – 17%
  • Coursework: Unit 11 – 8%
  • Coursework: Unit 12 – 8%
  • Coursework: Unit 17 – 17%

Where can the course lead?

If you’re interested in sport, then this is the course for you. Whether you’re an active participant, just interested in the science or are keen to gain an understanding of how sport is organised. Sport and Physical Activity is not just an appropriate choice for those wishing to pursue a sport or coaching career, but is also a great choice if you have wish to explore a sports management and administration route, or if you aspire to work in physiotherapy, injury rehabilitation, sport and exercise science, occupational therapy or dietetics and nutrition, amongst many other health or sport related careers.