Curriculum Specification -
Years 10 & 11 Cambridge National - Sports Studies

Cambridge National Sport Studies Level 1/2 Certificate

The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Studies take a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/Physical Education themes. Students will have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics and role models, and sport and the media. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and of how this shapes the sports industry.

How is the course assessed?

Students will develop a portfolio of evidence which will allow them to complete the course with a Pass (4), Merit (5) or Distinction (7). Their portfolio will include coursework which will be completed throughout the two years.

The course is designed to be as practical as possible and can therefore be assessed through a wide variety of assessment methods, such as giving students the opportunity to lead activities in different sports, deliver presentations and act as coaches trying to improve performance. There are 4 units which make up the course. 3 of these units are practical and coursework based, and 1 of these units is an examination.

Where will this qualification take me?

Employment opportunities

The successful completion of a Cambridge National in Sports Studies might lead to employment as, for example, a Leisure Centre Assistant, a Sports Coach and other sport-based employment.

Further vocational and academic qualifications

The achievement of the Cambridge National in Sports Studies has the equivalence of 1 GCSE graded 4 or above. This course can lead onto further sports courses at college/sixth form.

Important Notes
  • You cannot choose both GCSE PE and Sports Studies.
  • Once you start your course, you will not be able to change to the GCSE PE course.
  • Sports Studies is suitable for those students that are competent in a wide variety of sports practically and have a good knowledge and understanding of theoretical Physical Education. Students should also be keen to develop their physical fitness throughout the duration of the course.
  • Please discuss with your PE teacher and consider very carefully whether you should choose GCSE PE or Sports Studies.
  • Sports Studies Polo Shirt
  • Sports Studies Revision Guide (for the exam based unit)

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Enquiries to: Mr Ablitt