Sport & Leisure

Sport & Leisure



On this industry-relevant vocational course, you can specialise in aiding athletes’ recovery and rehabilitation from injury through sports massage and other treatments or you could focus more on the business side of sport in areas such as event management and marketing, and sports media.

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This is an exciting course taking an engaging, practical approach to learning and assessment. Whatever area of sport you are interested in, the course can provide a range of transferable skills and knowledge areas. You will also have the opportunity to take part in a work placement and complete several coaching qualifications.  The course is ideal for you to move onto university or to enter the workplace because of the combination of a theoretical background that’s reinforced with practical learning and assessment. The course is available as either a one or two A level equivalent.

Course Content

Topics of study may include some of the following:

  • Sports Coaching
  • Current Issues
  • Learning and Developing Sport Skills
  • Health and Safety in Sport
  • Anatomy and Physiology for Sport and Exercise
  • Technology in Sport
  • Exercise Prescription
  • Training and Fitness
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Nutrition for Sport and Exercise
  • Sport Development
  • Advanced Sports Leadership

(Exam board: OCR) 

(Extended Certificate – Sport 2016 qualification number (QN) 601/7094/3))

(Diploma – Sport 2012 qualification number (QN) 600/6141/8))

How it is Taught

All Cambridge Diplomas help you develop your personal skills in areas applicable to any workplace, such as team working, communication and problem solving. The courses have been designed to accredit your achievements and ability to carry out tasks in a way that is relevant to the workplace.

Features include:

  • Practical skills taught in real-life situations
  • Skills which are practical and applicable, and favoured by employers
  • Work experience
Assessment Information

Double Sport & Leisure (100% Coursework)

All units are internally assessed. There are no exams.

On the double course you will study 12 units in total over 2 years.

  • Year 1 – 10 hours per week – 4 mandatory units and 2 optional units are studied. This leads to a full A Level equivalent in year 1 (Subsidiary Diploma).
  • Year 2 – 6 optional units are studied in the second year. This leads to a second A Level equivalent in year 2 (Diploma).

Single Sport & Leisure (66% Coursework)

Some units are internally assessed by the College and some units are assessed by exams.

  • Year 1 – 5 hours per week – 4 mandatory units. This leads to an AS Level equivalent in year 1 (Certificate).
  • Year 2 – 3 optional units are studied in the second year. This leads to a full A Level equivalent in year 2 (Extended Certificate).
Entry Requirements

It is strongly recommended that you should have at least a grade 4 in GCSE English.

In this subject, particular skills and aptitudes will be required, many of which will be demonstrated by students’ GCSE profiles.

Students will also need to meet the general College entry requirements. Entry requirements are subjects to change.

Careers & HE Information

Degrees in:

  • Leisure Management
  • Business Management
  • Marketing Management
  • Adventure Tourism Management
  • Leisure & Tourism Management Employment
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Business

Employment in:

  • Leisure Club Manager
  • Leisure Assistant
  • Recruitment Consultant
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Business Management
Useful Subject Combinations

The Cambridge Diploma can be taken in combination with most other Advanced Level subjects. Complementary subjects include IT, Travel and Tourism, English, Geography, Psychology, PE.

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