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Sport Diploma

Physical Education at The Bedford Sixth Form

Qualification: Cambridge Technical Foundation/Extended Diploma | Exam board: OCR

This course will allow you to sample the wide range of activities and professions that are available in sport. The course is ideal for the workplace due to the combination of transferable theoretical and practical skills.

This qualification is not just about being able to play sport or deal with elite athletes; it will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress on to a sport related Higher Education programme such as Sport and Education, Sport Science, Sport Coaching and Development, or Sport and Leisure Management. You could also progress into employment in the sport, leisure and fitness industry either through an apprenticeship or directly into work.

This course is equivalent to three A-Levels and so counts as 2 of your potential options. It is recommended to be studied alongside one A-Level course.

Physical Education at The Bedford Sixth Form

Year one content

You will learn by applying your skills, knowledge and understanding to tasks or activities that are relevant to what happens in sporting workplaces and you will learn how to be proactive in promoting healthy lifestyles and delivering sport and physical activities.

Having an appreciation of what happens in the workplace will also help to prepare you for continuing your education in the sector. The qualification is designed to be taken as part of a study programme alongside other vocational qualifications or A-levels, such as Cambridge Technical in Business, A-Level Biology or A-Level Physics.

In Year One you will complete the following units:

  • Unit 1 – Body systems and the effects of physical activity (exam)
  • Unit 2 – Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Unit 3 – Sports organisation and development (exam)
  • Unit 4 – Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure (exam)
  • Unit 6 – Group exercise to music
  • Unit 11 – Physical activity for specific groups
  • Unit 13 – Health and fitness testing for sport
  • Unit 17 – Sports injury and rehabilitation
Physical Education at The Bedford Sixth Form

Year two course content

In Year Two you will complete the following units:

  • Unit 5 – Performance analysis in sport and exercise
  • Unit 7 – Improving fitness for sport and physical activity
  • Unit 8 – Organising sports events
  • Unit 12 – Nutrition and diet for sport and exercise
  • Unit 14 – Working in active leisure facilities
  • Unit 18 – Practical skills in sport and physical activities
  • Unit 19 – Sport and exercise psychology
  • Unit 20 – Sport and exercise sociology
  • Unit 21 – The business of sport (exam)

Additional Information

What does this course prepare me for?

This course will provide you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to progress into employment in the sport, leisure or fitness industry either through an apprenticeship or directly into work.

Job roles that students could go on to include multisports coach, activity leader or assistant sports coach. It could also provide a route into Higher Education on a sport-related programme such as Sport and Physical Education, Sport Science, Sport Coaching and Development, or Sport and Leisure Management.

Course support and enrichment

We have sport professionals as guest speakers, who talk about their experiences in their chosen careers.

You will also get the opportunity to visit a local university to experience a higher level of fitness testing equipment. There will also be a trip to a local outdoor and adventurous activity centre to enable you to demonstrate your skills in this area. We run a variety of enrichment sports sessions and students can also get a discounted membership at Trinity Arts & Leisure Centre.

Assessment

The units are graded pass, merit and distinction.

Units 1, 3 and 4 are each assessed by an exam (40% of course).

All other units are internally assessed and externally moderated, through a variety of assignments and practical activities (60% of course).

Year One: Units 1, 3 and 4 are each assessed by an exam (40% of course).

All other units are internally assessed and externally moderated, through a variety of assignments and practical activities (60% of course).

Year Two: Unit 21 assessed by an exam (30% of course).

All other units are internally assessed and externally moderated, through a variety of assignments and practical activities (70% of course).

How to apply

Applications for the academic year 2022/23 are now open. You will only need to make one application and will be asked to select the subjects you wish to study within the application.

If you need help you can call us on 01234 291291 or email us. You should also look at the financial support we offer.

Apply now