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Cambridge National Technical Award in Sport Studies will encourage students to think for themselves about the study of sport and the application to real life practical sport, leadership and evaluation of the skills required there. They will study up to the minute topics affecting sport through the contemporary issues unit, both play and lead sporting activities, as well as having the chance to either explore the world of outdoor sport.
Structure of the course in Key Stage 4:
Pupils will have a one-hour lesson and a 90-minute lesson of Sports Studies per week. These lessons will be mixed between classroom, computer rooms and practical lessons. The course is split into three units covering a written exam, internally assessed coursework written on the computer with some practical assessment, leading a sports session and a trip to an outdoor activity centre.
Content of the course:
Unit 1 – 40% – Contemporary Issues in Sport
Unit 2 – 40% – Performance and Leadership in Sports activities
Unit 3 – 20% – AIncreasing awareness of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities
Assessment in the subject:
Pathways Post 16:
This vocational course includes a wide range of content for a job in the sports industry. If you are interested in working in sport as a performer, outdoor activity instructor, PE teacher, sports coach, sports analyst, sports development officer, sports marketing officer. There are so many opportunities this course would help with. Students will also develop transferable skills, in particular communication and aspects of team working.
Sport Studies level 2 links to Level 3 Technical Awards in Sport at post-16 colleges. Over recent years there has been an increase in local sports clubs offering scholarships alongside Level 3 Technical Awards from a variety of local semi-professional football clubs. This involves half a day football training plus half a day studying.
Level 3 Technical Award courses are widely accepted by most Universities including Russell Group Universities. In 2021, 25% of students starting University had a Technical Award qualification opposed to an A-level. Technical Awards can also lead to level 4 and 5 diploma’s involving working in industry whilst completing a degree course.
Students would be encouraged to represent the school in sports and complete their Sports Leaders Award through compulsory PE lessons. This is a nationally accredited award involving delivering PE lessons to students at Fernwood Infant School. We would also encourage Sport Studies students to apply for PE prefect status in year 11 and encourage students to help support teachers with the delivery of Key Stage 3 extra-curricular clubs.
Students will get the opportunity to experience a trip to an outdoor activity centre such as Nottingham Climbing Centre or Holme Pierrepoint as part of their assessment. Finally, through the course we offer students the opportunity to visit Loughborough University to experience some sport lectures, a tour around their world class sport facilities and participate in some practical sports. Both trips would accrue a cost to parents.