What will I study?
Sport has never been more prevalent in the UK than it is today. With the legacy of the London Olympics and the nation becoming more aware of the importance of fitness, opportunities to forge a rewarding and successful career in sport are increasing. The OCR Cambridge Technicals in sport covers a wide range of topics across the whole sporting spectrum in the UK. Compulsory topics enable you to understand and develop your knowledge about the sports industry, economic benefits, job opportunities and the influence of the public, private and voluntary sectors. You will also learn about the social impact of sport in the UK including topics centered around the history of sport, culture, gender, media influence and drugs. Learning and developing sports skills compliments units on coaching and leadership and provide the practical opportunities. The final compulsory unit examines the political shape of sport within the UK through investigation of Central Government, governing bodies, national organizations and provision for elite athletes. These topic areas enable students to build up a wide knowledge base and open up the opportunity for further study at a higher level.
What does it combine with?
The wide ranging nature of the course means that different units will compliment study in a range of other subjects including Psychology, Sociology and Business Studies.
Where can it lead to?
The Level 3 OCR Cambridge Technicals Introductory Diploma offers a variety of future opportunities. For those considering higher education, the UCAS tariff attached to the course opens up the possibility of further study on a variety of sports degree courses. A final exit route for the course is straight to employment within the sports industry in the retail sector, leisure centres, private health clubs or coaching roles.
You might be interested to know…
You will gain two qualifications for the price of one – all students will gain the ‘Level 2 Award in Sports Leadership’ as an additional qualification delivered as part of the coaching units. From September 2016 the Cambridge Technical will contain an examined unit but will remain predominantly portfolio based with external moderation of student coursework. This ensures you know whether you have gained a Pass (equivalent to an ‘E’ at A Level), Merit (‘C’ at A Level) or Distinction (‘A’ at A Level) by May of Year 13. There are numerous opportunities to get involved in leading, planning, organising and delivering sports events to primary school groups. Governing Body ‘Bolt-On’ days enable you to gain additional, sport specific coaching qualifications meaning you could leave with more than two qualifications from this course.
There is no need to have studied OCR sport but this would be an advantage.