CTec Sport and Physical Activity


The Cambridge Technical (CTec) Level 3 Awards are equivalent to an A Level, and the similarly-named BTec qualifications which are from a different exam board.

These exciting new qualifications aim to develop your knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of Sport and Physical Activity. You will gain an insight into the sector as you investigate opportunities for delivering sport and physical activity to a wide range of participants, whether it is to mobilise sedentary people to improve their health and wellbeing or to support regular participants to improve their performance and fitness, all done in a safe and professional environment. In doing so, you will also gain core skills required for employment or further study in the sector such as communication, analysis, organisation and adaptation.

Designed in collaboration with experts spanning the breadth of the sector, the Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity focus on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand. You will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.

What can it lead onto?

This qualification can lead onto a wide range of careers including:

  • Sports science
  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Professional sportsperson
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy at local and national level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Personal trainer
  • As an 11-18 school, we are uniquely placed to offer this course, with opportunities to lead coaching and other leadership opportunities with KS3 and 4 students.
  • Sixth form extra-curricular activities, House events, sport (if space and numbers are available), volunteering, etc.
  • English at Grade 4 or above.
  • Biology GCSE at Grade 4 OR Science or Additional Science at Grade C or above.

Extra-Curricular Activities

This course naturally lends itself to visits beyond the college to get first-hand experience which will bring the subject to life and put your learning into context. There will be lots of visits to some of the places studied.

Entry Requirements

At least a B grade in GCSE Leisure and Tourism or Business studies or Geography.

The skills needed for this course are:

  • A range of generic and transferable skills
  • The ability to solve problems
  • The skills of project-based research, development and presentation

The ability to apply learning in tourism-related contexts

Course Summary

Year 1: Certificate: (equivalent to one AS Level)

  • Unit 1: Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity. (External Assessment - Exam)
  • Unit 2: Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership. (Internal Assessment – Course Work)

Year 2: Extended Certificate: (equivalent to one A Level)

  • Unit 3: Sports Organisation and Development.

Plus, two optional units. These units are to be decided based on your areas of interest but could include…

  • Nutrition and Diet for Sport and Exercise
  • Sports Injuries and Rehabilitation
  • Sport and Exercise Psychology
  • Sport and Exercise Sociology
  • The Business of Sport

How is it Assessed?


  • 1 hour 30 minute exam
  • Exam can be taken in January / May depending on the unit.


  • A task or several tasks set and marked by the centre and verified by OCR.
  • The assessment is completed over a longer period of time and can include individual or group work. All work will be finalised and completed on computers, typed up and handed in for final assessment.  
Please note that this is a theory based course and no practical elements will be included in the internal and external assessments of this course. On occasions there may be some practical work to enhance learning and putting the theory into practice.

Telephone: 023 80328200 Email: info@st-annes.uk.com