Sport Studies Cambridge Technical

What is this subject and why should I study it?

This course allows learners the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership in 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. Learners 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.

Course Content

Contemporary issues in sport

It is often said that sport is a reflection of society and, as such, many of the broad issues, which affect society, are prevalent in sport. By completing this unit, learners will explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, relating to participation levels and barriers, the promotion of values and ethical behaviour through sport and the role of high-profile sporting events and national governing bodies in advancing sports’ attempts to positively affect upon society and display their worth beyond providing entertainment.

Developing sports skills

By completing this unit, learners will develop their skills, techniques and use of tactics/strategies/ compositional ideas in both an individual and a team sporting activity, as well as their understanding of the rules to allow them to act in a number of officiating roles within an activity. They will also consider the use of different practice methods in order to improve their performance. The unit offers learners the opportunity to refine and display skills developed as part of that programme of study.


Sports leadership

Whether voluntary or professional, the role of the sport leader is imperative in any sport; adopting the role of coach, manager, teacher or team captain, sport leaders can shape the development of sport by influencing and inspiring those around them to participate and perform in sporting activities. By completing this unit, learners will develop some of the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader and plan, deliver and review safe and effective sporting activity sessions themselves. They will be encouraged to consider and evaluate their delivery and by doing so develop their ability to communicate with an audience verbally and through practical demonstration. 

Sport and the media

This unit will require learners to look at the differences in sports coverage across a range of media outlets; the impacts the media has on sport and how this has changed over the years and the effect on public interest and involvement in sport that the media has had. By completing this unit, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between sport and the media as well as their ability to evaluate and interpret the different ways in which sports items may be represented by the media. The skills developed would be relevant in a range of careers and roles within the sports industry, such as sports reporting/broadcasting, sports analysis or research and Public Relations or media work within a sports organisation.

 How is the course assessed?

Contemporary issues in sport is assessed through a written paper the other units being assessed by UTC subject specialists and then moderated by OCR