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Lead teacher - Mr T Whale
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Qualification  - OCR National Level 2 Certificate (Equivalent to 1 GCSE)
Level - L1 Pass, Merit, Distinction
          - L2 Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction *

Course Outline

Unit 1 – Reducing the risk of sports injuries and dealing with common medical conditions (Exam)

Looks at how athletes prepare to take part in physical activity in a way which minimises the risk of injuries occurring. Students will learn how to react to common injuries that can occur during sport and physical activity, and how to recognise the symptoms of some common medical conditions.

Unit 2 – Applying the principles of training: Fitness and how it affects skill performance (Coursework)

Students will conduct a range of fitness tests, to understand what they test and their advantages and disadvantages. You will also learn how to design, plan and evaluate a fitness training programme. Using the data collected from these fitness tests, students will interpret the data and learn how best to feed this information back. 

Unit 3 – Nutrition and sports performance (Coursework)

Students will learn to consider the composition of healthy, balanced nutrition. You will be asked to consider the necessity of certain nutrients and their role in enabling effective performance in different sporting activities. The knowledge gained from this unit will allow you to produce an appropriate, effective nutrition plan for a performer.

Exam Details 

This course is 60% coursework and 40% exam (unit 1 - written paper). 

Career Progression 

The course develops skills in Leadership, Organisation, Resilience, Initiative and Communication. These skills are desirable in a wide range of career paths.

Typically, students have used this qualification to move into:

  • Further education – sixth form and university
  • Elite sports performance / professional athlete
  • Coaching and teaching
  • Leisure centre work – personal training, fitness instructor, children’s group instructor
  • Physiotherapy or sports therapy
  • Sports media – Journalism or sports analysis
Subject Links

This subject links well with several subjects, including:

  • Science – biology and physics (linked by knowledge of body movement and anatomy)
  • Dance ( linked by knowledge of your own body limits)
  • Food ( linked by knowledge of sports nutrition)
  • English and history ( linked by extended writing and comparative work)
  • Media (linked by knowledge of the media’s impact on society)
  • Psychology and sociology (linked by knowledge of social and psychological factors impacting on participation and performance)
Further Requirements 

In order to be selected to take this course, you need to:

  • Have a keen interest in all sports and participate fully in practical P.E.
  • Be able to meet deadlines / produce homework on time
  • Be capable of producing work individually and good at working as part of a team
  • Be prepared for both practical and theory sport lessons
  • Extra-curricular participation / leadership volunteering within PE will be of benefit.