Sports Studies



In recent years the business of sport has become a £20bn-a-year industry in the UK, supporting some 450,000 jobs. Fortunately for sport, business came to the rescue, identifying opportunities, creating markets and sparking unprecedented investment in the games that Britain and the world has traditionally loved to play. Sport is also growing rapidly in the education sector. The growth of sport as an industry in the UK has also seen a rising tide of well-qualified graduates leaving university with hopes of building a career around this fast growing business.

Sport Studies takes a sector-based focus, whilst also encompassing some core sport/physical education themes. Students have the opportunity to apply theoretical knowledge about different types of sport and physical activity, skills development and sports leadership to their own practical performance. They will learn about contemporary issues in sport such as funding, participation, ethics, role models and explore the wide range of career opportunities. Students will develop an appreciation of the importance of sport locally and nationally, different ways of being involved in sport and how this shapes the sports industry. In addition to the theory of sport, students will also be expected to take part in sports and adventurous activities throughout the year.

To view the full course specification click OCR Cambridge National Certificate in Sports Studies



To achieve the Level 2 Certificate, students must achieve all three units. The units carry a weighting of 40% (R184), 40% (R185) and 20% (R187). The qualification will be graded with a Pass, Merit or Distinction. If the student’s overall grade does not meet level 2 standard, he/she could still be awarded a level 1 certificate.


Successful completion of the Level 2 certificate,  offers candidates several routes for progression: