Sport & Physical Activity Level 3 Cambridge Technical


Extended Certificate (equivalent to 1 A Level)


Diploma (equivalent to 2 A Levels)


Who should take the course?  


Students should have a real interest in sport and also in science relating to sport. Students should be willing to explore new theories and form their own ideas and opinions from these. Ideally when studying this course, students should be looking at a pathway into a Sport or a related degree at University. 


What is the course about? 


Level 3 Sport Aims to:


  • Give all students the opportunity to gain a new, nationally recognised qualification that can be used when applying either for future education or employment.
  • Provide a wide-ranging, intellectually demanding vocational learning experience
  • Use the motivating interest in sport to promote academic learning
  • Give the students opportunities to acquire a scientific understanding of how the body responds to Sport and Exercise in different scenarios.
  • It will extend the students’ knowledge in the organisation of sport in the UK and abroad, as well as the main psychological, social and physiological factors that affect the performance of a practical skill. 


How is it assessed? 


The Cambridge Technical Level 3 Sport has both exam and coursework elements. There are 4 externally assessed Units that comprise of 4 exams over the 2-year course. You learn by completing projects and assignments that are based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands.


Mandatory units range from exams, controlled assessments to written coursework. These cover topics such as the Body systems and the effects of physical activity, Sport Coaching and activity leadership, Performance analysis in Sport and Exercise, Sports Leadership, Sports event organisation, Nutrition and diet for sport and exercise and Health and fitness testing for sport and exercise.


Level 3 Sport is equivalent to either 1 or 2 ‘A’ Levels and must be studied over two years to achieve a grade.


As well as the above, students will also be expected to take part in regular lesson support or assist with lower school and primary school activities.




The level of attainment will be marked individually for each unit of the course, in line with Cambridge Technical guidelines. The grades will be:


  • Distinction
  • Merit
  • Pass


An overall grade is awarded for the qualification based on the performance in each unit. 


Where will it take me? 


With further training or study, students can go into careers in Sports Centres, Sports Clubs, Leisure Centres, Outdoor Activities Centres and University Courses.