CTEC Extended Certificate

  • Examination board: Cambridge
  • Course length: 2 years

Students must meet the minimum entry requirements for the Vocational or Combination study pathway. In addition, students must have GCSE Grade 4 in Sport AND Grade 4 in Combined Science OR Grade 4 in Biology, Chemistry or Physics (or equivalent at BTEC Level 2).

The qualifications aim to develop students’ knowledge, understanding and skills of the principles of Sport and Physical Activity.

Students will gain an insight into the sector as they investigate opportunities for delivering sport and physical activity to a wide range of participants, whether it is to mobilise sedentary people to improve their health and wellbeing or to support regular participants to improve their performance and fitness, all done in a safe and professional environment.

The Level 3 Cambridge Technicals in Sport and Physical Activity focus on the requirements that today’s universities and employers demand. Students will practically apply their skills and knowledge in preparation for further study or the workplace.


Unit 1 – Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity

  • In this unit you will gain an understanding of the structures and functions of the key body systems, how these support and impact performance in sport and physical activity, and the effects that physical training and lifestyle can have on them.

Unit 2 – Sports Coaching & Activity Leadership

  • This unit will give you an understanding behind the theory of what makes good sports coaches and activity leaders and methods that can be employed to improve the performance of sports participants. You will explore the roles and responsibilities of coaches and leaders and how these differ from each other and be involved in delivering and teaching sport and physical activity. You will develop the skills and understanding necessary to effectively plan and deliver and review a series of sports or activity sessions.


Unit 3 – Sports Organisation & Development

  • In this unit you will gain an understanding of the organisations involved in sport in the UK, their roles and responsibilities and how they work together. You will also gain an understanding of sports development including the organisations involved, who sports development is targeted at and why, how sports development is carried out and how the success of sports development initiatives can be measured.

Unit 17 – Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation

  • This unit will teach you how to recognise and treat common sports injuries both immediately and through longer-term rehabilitation programmes, the possible psychological impacts of sports injuries and how to minimise the risk of sports injuries occurring in the first instance.

Unit 19 – Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • In this unit you will learn different motivations that people have for participating in sport and physical activity and how performance can be managed through an understanding of attribution theory, stress and group dynamics. You will also learn the impacts that participation in sport and physical activity can have on a person’s mental health and well-being, whether an elite performer or a member of the general public.

Students will work to a brief and be given clear assessment criteria so they can be confident on what is expected to achieve a Distinction* / Distinction / Merit / Pass. Your final grade will be calculated from a culmination of the points collected across all units. Throughout the course, students will be well supported by teachers who will give feedback on progress against the key assessment criteria.

Across the course students will complete units that are assessed in a variety of ways. There are three different types of assessment: coursework (internally assessed), tasks and written examination (both externally assessed).


  • Unit 1 – Body Systems and the Effects of Physical Activity (externally assessed written examination in May)
  • Unit 2 – Sports Coaching & Activity Leadership (externally assesses task)


  • Unit 3 – Sports Organisation & Development (externally assessed written examination in January)
  • Unit 17 – Sports Injuries & Rehabilitation (externally assesses task)
  • Unit 19 – Sport & Exercise Psychology (externally assesses task)

The CTEC Extended Certificate is a Level 3 qualification which is the equivalent to one A-level and widely recognised by universities and employers.

This course will prepare students looking to build a career in sport, within one of its occupational areas. These areas include careers in exercise and fitness, coaching and leadership, and sports development.

If you have any questions about this subject please email or call 01778 391246.

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