Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Sport

Level 3 Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma
2 years
Curriculum Manager: 
Jocelyn Chapman

What is the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Sport?

You will study 18 units over two years – including;

  • Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport ( ½ Unit)
  • Sports Coaching
  • Current Issues in Sport
  • The Physiology of Fitness ( ½ Unit )
  • Sports Nutrition
  • Psychology for Sports and Performance
  • Practical Team Sports
  • Exercise for Specific Groups
  • Practical Individual Sports
  • Leadership in Sport
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sport and Massage
  • Organising a Sports Event
  • Technical and Tactical Skills in Sport
  • Assessing Risk in Sport
  • Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise
  • Fitness Training and Programming
  • Sports Development
  • Work Experience

Each unit is assessed by means of a vocational assignment.

Is the Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma in Sport suitable for me?

Current students have enjoyed units such as Work Experience as they provide a chance to find out from real experience about a variety of job roles and organisations. Students like the fact that their coursework assignments count towards their final grade and that there are no exams. You will be required to use real life scenarios for your coursework in order to give you real world examples on which to base your assignments.

It is, however, a demanding course and students need to work consistently hard throughout the two years, often on more than one piece of coursework at a time, to achieve a good grade. There are, however, opportunities to improve grades on coursework.

Your skills in time management will improve over the two years and this will be vital for gaining good grades.

You will often work in small groups and you may well be required to present your findings to a particular task to the rest of the group.

It is possible for students to study an AS Level alongside their OCR Level 3 Cambridge Extended Diploma course, although this is likely to be a challenging programme of study. An opportunity for work experience is included in the course at the end of the first year.

How will I learn?

You will have a mixture of classroom, gym and sports hall based lessons and the chance for independent study. In a typical lesson you will be taught relevant sport theory, whether it is related to, for example, Anatomy and Physiology of the human body or Sports Coaching. You will use this knowledge to carry out practical exercises such as an investigation into the adaptations that the body goes through when exercising in the gym or when conducting a coaching session for a group. 

Homework will be a mixture of case study questions and work on individual assignments and is likely to vary from four to five hours per week or more when assignments are due.

How will I be assessed?

You will study a total of 18 units during the two years of the course. All of the units are assessed by coursework – and this may include the production of portfolios, presentations, practical projects, and staff observations. None of the units require you to sit a formal examination.

For each unit you complete you will be awarded a Pass (P), Merit (M), or Distinction (D) grade. As this qualification is equivalent to 3 A Levels, you will also be awarded an overall grade consisting of three grades – such as PPP, MMP, or D*DD.

We are aware that OCR is currently evaluating the assessment process and there may be the introduction of an examined unit. Further information is unavailable at the current time.


Students go on to a variety of higher education courses and jobs. Many students go on to study Sports Science, Physical Education, Sports Psychology, Sports Development, Sport and Business Management and other sports related subjects at University. Other students have immediately entered employment where they have taken up roles as Sports Coaches, Sports Masseuses, Personal Trainers and Fitness Instructors, where they have the option of pursuing further training.

Many students have found that the OCR Level 3 Cambridge Extended Diploma in Sport course has been a very successful route into university. The focus on one subject across a variety of topics provides an in depth insight into how sport works. A number of students who were not considering university at the beginning of the course have been encouraged successfully to pursue this route. Our previous students have gone on to a wide variety of courses and jobs.

Entry requirements

Students should normally have achieved an A*- C grade profile at GCSE. For GCSE English and Maths where a new grading system has been introduced a Grade 4 is equivalent to a Grade C. Alternatively if you have studied at level 2 you should have achieved a merit or above. Vocational courses are an ideal qualification for students who prefer coursework. 

In addition to the standard course entry requirements, to be successful in the CTEC in Sport you should have at least a GCSE grade C in biology/ science and/ or Physical Education.

Course costs

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery, computer disks and calculators (where applicable). Costs are outlined below:
Essential: £20.00 for 1 textbook.
Coaching Courses : £42.00 for 2 courses
Resource Costs : £12.50
Optional: you may wish to take part in field trips or visits for which a charge will be made.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.