Vocational Sport Studies


If something stands between you and your success, move it. Never be denied.

-Dwayne Johnson

Sports studies is one of the subject areas which has seen a big increase in course provision since 1990. It is an increasingly popular career sector, with demand for higher level expertise in performance analysis, business management, and community engagement, as well as hands-on participation. There are more people going to gyms and other sporting and exercise facilities, meaning that there is a greater demand for expertise in the area of sports studies. Sport studies will help you to understand and solve some of society's biggest challenges whilst working out how the body responds to the challenge of physical activity.

Key Information

  • Qualification: Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate

  • Exam Board: OCR

Entry Requirements

  • 5 or more GCSE (or equivalent) qualifications at Grade 4 or above incl. Maths and English

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Unit 1: Body systems and the effect of physical activity

  • Externally assessed (exam)

  • 1 hour and 30 min

  • 70 Marks

  • Section A: Multiple choice questions

  • Section B: Short answer questions

  • Section C: One extended answer question

Unit 2: Sports coaching and activity leadership

  • Internally assessed

  • Roles and responsibilities of sports coaches/ leaders

  • Principles which underpin coaching/leading

  • Methods to improve skills, techniques and tactics in sport

  • Plan, deliver and review sports and activity sessions

Unit 3: Sports organisation and development

  • Externally assessed (exam)

  • 1 hour

  • 60 marks

  • How sport in the UK is organised

  • Understand sports development

  • The impact of sports development can be measured

  • Sports development in practice

Unit 19: Sport and exercise psychology

  • Internally assessed

  • Motivation for sport/exercise

  • Attribution theory

  • Effects of stress, anxiety and arousal in sport and exercise

  • Group dynamics in team sports

  • Psychological impact of sport and exercise on mental health and wellbeing

Unit 20: Sport and exercise sociology

  • Internally assessed

  • Sociological theories

  • How the media can influence society and sport

  • Issues in society that affect sport

  • How sport and exercise can impact on society


Many students who study the Sport C-Tech then go on to study sport further at University with a variety of courses available. Studying sport at university can give you a whole host of exciting career options, including:

  • Sports professional

  • Coach

  • Personal trainer

  • Physiotherapist

  • Sports psychologist

  • Broadcasting and media administrator

  • Public relations officer

  • Sports journalist

  • Sport and leisure management

  • Sports nutritionist

  • P.E teacher

What goes well with Sport?

  • Psychology

  • Sociology

  • Health & Social Care

  • Biology

  • Business