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Harris Academies
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Cambridge Technical Diploma in Sport & Physical Activity

Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Sport & Physical Activity

(Equivalent to 3 A levels)

Exam Board: OCR


This course will provide learners with the opportunity to develop the core knowledge, skills and understanding required by the sport and physical activity sector and to develop further skills by completing a wide range of units.

Students will take 16 units, made up of nine mandatory and seven optional units, the mandatory units are:

  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Sports coaching and activity leadership
  • Sports organisation and development
  • Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure
  • Performance analysis in sport and exercise
  • Research methods in sport science and sport studies
  • Physical activity for specific groups
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation
  • The business of sport


This qualification is assessed using a combination of:

External assessment e.g. examinations. Units externally examined are:

  • Unit 1 - Body systems and the effects of physical activity
  • Unit 3 - Sports organisation and development
  • Unit 4 - Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure
  • Unit 9 - Research methods in sports science and sports studies
  • Unit 21 - The business of sport

Internal assessment e.g. assignments, controlled assessments

Students must achieve at least a Pass in every unit or they will be awarded an unclassified result overall.

Career Progression

This qualification alone can help gain access to Higher Education institutions to study sport related courses.

Students may also want to progress into sport-related apprenticeship in:

  • Sports science
  • PE teacher
  • Physiotherapist
  • Sports coach/consultant
  • Sports policy at local and national level
  • Diet and fitness instructor
  • Governing body representatives
  • Sport England Sports Management
  • Personal trainer
  • Armed Services
  • Emergency Services
  • Sports Coaching and Development,
  • Sport Management and Recreation or
  • Sport Marketing 
  • Sport and Physical Activity Development Officer