Sport and Activity OCR Level 3

Full name of specification

OCR Level 3 Extended Certificate in Sport and Activity

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Why study this course?

OCR in Sport and Physical Activity provides students with the fundamental knowledge and skills required in this sector. Using a practical approach and a choice of pathways they help students develop specific skills that enable them to participate as an assistant in a variety of roles.

What can you expect from this course?

The OCR Level 3 in Sport and Physical Activity introduces the sector for learners looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching, leadership and sports development. This course provides a more practical, real-world approach to learning alongside a theoretical background, giving learners the knowledge, understanding and skills that they need to prepare for employment.

How is it assessed?

Students will be awarded Pass, Merit or Distinction grades and UCAS points are comparable to A Levels. Two units will be assessed by external examination. The remaining units will be assessed by internal coursework assignments. You will be assessed through a variety of methods including written assignments based on vocational scenarios, presentations, role play, case studies and practical demonstrations of leadership and performance.

What are the entry requirements?

This course usually requires students to have achieved grade 44 or above in GCSE Combined Science and either grade 4 or above in GCSE PE or Merit or above in Level 2 Sport.

What can I do after completing this qualification?

OCR provide a strong base for progression to either university, apprenticeships or work and are recognised for UCAS tariff points.

University Courses/ Apprenticeships – Physiotherapy, Applied Sports Science, Sports & Exercise Science, Sport & Management, Sport & Exercise Psychology, Health Science, Sport Coaching & Fitness, Sport Studies, Adventure Sport Science, Coaching & Sports Development, Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation, Sports Journalism, Sports TV and Radio.

Careers in this area include Physiotherapist, Personal Trainer, Sports Coach, Sports Development Officer, Sports Therapist, Nutritionist, Sports & Exercise Psychologist, Exercise Physiologist, Fitness Centre Manager, Clinical Scientist.

What will I study? (include unit numbers and names)

Unit 1 – Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity

Unit 2 – Sports Coaching and Activity Leadership

Unit 3 – Sports Organisation and Development

Unit 5 – Performance Analysis in Sport and Exercise

Unit 13 – Health and Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise


Phil Forrest