A photo of a running track on the grounds of a sporting complex on the morning of an overcast day.


Course Duration
2 Years (2 A-Level equivalent)

Examination Board
OCR (Cambridge)

Entry Criteria

Grade 4 in both English and Maths GCSEs, and at least 3 other qualifications at grade 4 or above. 

Why study Level 3 Sport and Physical Activity?

What will I study during the course duration?

The Diploma takes 720 guided learning hours to deliver. This means it’s a similar size to  two A levels. Learners must achieve 600 learning hours from 9 mandatory units and 120 learning hours from optional units. Students will develop professional and social skills through interaction with performers, clients and team mates, as well as theoretical knowledge and understanding to underpin these skills. Students will consider the barriers to and the effects and benefits of sport and physical activity across all age ranges and social groups, including people with disabilities and BAME, so they can tailor their approach depending on the person or situation they are working with. They’ll also learn how to work in a safe and effective way, protecting themselves and those they’re working with from injury or harm. 

How will I be assessed?

The majority of the qualification content will be internally assessed through internally-set assignments. There are three written examinations including case studies and scenarios related to the sport and physical activity sector which students will need to apply their knowledge and understanding to.

Mandatory Units: 

  • Body systems and the effects of physical activity 
  • Sports coaching and activity leadership 
  • Sports organisation and development 
  • Working safely in sport, exercise, health and leisure 
  • Physical activity for specific groups 
  • Performance analysis in sport and exercise 
  • Organisation of sports events 
  • Sports injuries and rehabilitation 
  • Practical skills in sport and physical activities.

Optional Units: 

  • Biomechanics and movement analysis 
  • Nutrition and diet for sport and exercise 
  • Health and fitness testing for sport and exercise 
  • Sport and exercise psychology.

Career opportunities and Future study

This course is designed for learners who want to study sport, leisure or fitness. It does not rely on the student’s ability to partake in sport, but instead teaches fundamental skills surrounding health, fitness, safety, leadership and communication. From studying this course, students can go on to study numerous courses in higher education, like sports coaching, physiotherapy, biomechanics, sport psychology and event management. This can lead to careers in:

  • Physiotherapy and rehabilitation
  • Personal training
  • Coaching
  • Health and fitness advisors
  • Disabled persons physiotherapy
  • Sport and exercise psychology
  • Sporting event organisation
  • Sport team management
  • Professional sportsperson
  • Medical sciences, e.g. sports medicine and nutrition