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OCR Cambridge National Physical Education (PE)

OCR Cambridge National Sports Studies/ Sports Science


For more information about studying Cambridge National Physical Education see Miss Hobson

Why should a student study this subject?

These sport qualifications offer learners a fantastic chance to develop different types of skills through largely practical means; communication, problem solving, team working, evaluation and analysis, performing under pressure, and formulating written findings from practical investigation are all transferable skills which can be learned and assessed through these qualifications and utilised in many other educational and employment settings.

Both qualifications have been designed with practical and engaging ways of teaching in mind and enable learners to:

  • develop a range of skills through involvement in sport and physical activity in different contexts and roles
  • develop their ability to apply theoretical knowledge to practical situations
  • gain a better understanding of the complexity of different areas of sport and the sports industry increase their awareness of different ways to stay involved in sport and physical activity and of different careers and roles within sport.

What skills are developed?

Sports Studies: 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.

Sports Science: Elite sport has embraced sport science disciplines wholeheartedly in the past few decades, moving from a perspective which assumed the primacy of natural talent in producing outstanding performance, to one which considers every minute detail of an athlete’s training programme, rest time, environment and psychology in the pursuit of excellence. The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

Students will complete the two mandatory units which are worth 60 credits and then two optional units worth 60 credits. Once completed students will achieve a level 2 in the chosen course.

Sports Studies

Sports Science


Mandatory Units

Contemporary issues in sport

(1 hour exam)

Reducing the risk of sports injuries

(1 hour exam)

30 credits

Developing Sports Skills

Applying principles of training

30 credits

Optional Units

Sports Leadership

The body’s response to physical activity

30 credits

Sport and the media

Sport Psychology

30 credits

Working in the sports industry

Sports nutrition

30 credits

Developing knowledge and skills in outdoor activities

Technology in sport

30 credits

There is one level of entry, there is no foundation paper.

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Career opportunities in Physical Education include: Teacher; Activities Director; Ski Instructor; Athletic Coach; Fitness Instructor; Personal Trainer; Scout; Referee; Umpire; College Professor; Occupational Therapist; Nutritionist; Chiropractor.