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Vocational Sports Studies

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Why Study Sports Studies?

Cambridge Nationals in Sport are targeted at 14-16 year olds in a school environment. They’re available as an Award and a Certificate, with the Certificate being the same size as a GCSE. They use both internal and external assessment and meets the DfE’s requirements for attainment tables and headline performance measures.

This course is more suited for students who have a genuine passion for participating, spectating and officiating in sport, rather than sports science.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Studies take a more sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/Physical Education themes. Students 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.

Students will be studying 4 units over the course of the 2 years to achieve Level 2 pass/merit/distinction certificate.

The units consist of an exam which is worth 25% of the final course.

Unit R051:  Contemporary Issues in Sport

1 hour written paper 60 marks (60 UMS)

OCR set and marked

This question paper: comprises short answer questions, extended response questions and some use of multiple choice questions

Assesses the quality of written communication.

Unit R052: Developing Sports Skills

Developing skills, techniques and use of tactics/strategies/compositional ideas in both an individual and team sporting activity, as well as understanding rules to allow performances in a number of officiating roles. Considering the use of different practice methods in order to improve performance.  

Approximately 10 hours internal assessment 60 marks (60 UMS)  

Centre assessed and OCR moderated  

The assessment for this unit: comprises of centre assessed task(s). 

Unit R053: Sports Leadership  

Learners will develop knowledge of the different qualities, styles, roles and responsibilities of sports leaders with positive and/or negative role models in sport. They will plan, deliver and review a safe and effective activity session to others. 

Approximately 10 hours internal assessment 60 marks (60 UMS)  

Unit R056 Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities

Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities –Many skills required in outdoor activities relate to leadership and working with a team.

Approximately 10 hours internal assessment 60 marks (60 UMS)

Centre assessed and OCR moderated

The assessment for this unit: comprises of centre assessed task(s).

Career Pathways

The skills you learn in Sports Studies such as working in teams, decision-making and analytical capabilities are useful in many jobs. Sports Studies is useful when considering a career in Physiotherapy, Education, Sports Development, Sports Science, Emergency Services, Research, Nutrition, Sales and Marketing.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: Vocational Level 2 Cambridge National in Sports Studies

Awarding Body: OCR

Entry Tiers: One Tier


Assessment Structure

  • Three Internal Assessments = 75%
  • Written Exam Paper = 25%

To claim the Level 1/2 Cambridge National Award (60 GLH) qualification, learners must complete both Unit R051 and Unit R052.

Students will also need to take part in a practical unit worth 25% in which they will need to be competent in an individual sport, a team sport, as well as officiate.

Finally, the two units studied in Year 11 are looking at Sports Leadership and Outdoor Education.

 All results are awarded on the following scale:

  • Distinction* at Level 2
  • Distinction at Level 2
  • Merit at Level 2
  • Pass at Level 2

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