Outdoor Education

Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Sport Science & Sport Studies (Outdoor Education)

Who is it for?

Students who are looking for a career in teaching or coaching PE and outdoor education.Students who are interested in outdoor and adventurous activities such as rock climbing and kayaking.Students who enjoy completing coursework and are good at meeting deadlines.

Cambridge Nationals Certificate in Sport Science and Sport Studies (Outdoor Education) is designed to give you an insight into the world of sport and outdoor education. With focuses on leadership, anatomy and physiology and health and wellbeing, the course gives you the tools to pursue a career in a wide variety of roles within sport. Our unique application of the course through outdoor education is perfect for students who have interests outside of the traditional sporting activities and wish to develop and improve their skills in challenging environments.

Syllabus Content

There are 8 units to complete within the course:

Core Units

  • Unit 41: Reducing the Risk of Sports Injuries (external exam)
  • Unit 51: Contemporary Issues in Sport (external exam)
  • Unit 42: Applying Principles of Training
  • Unit 52: Developing Sports Skills

Specialist Units

  • Unit 45: Sports Nutrition
  • Unit 43: The Body’s Response to Physical Activity
  • Unit 53: Sports Leadership
  • Unit 56: Developing Knowledge and Skills in Outdoor Activities

Assessment Method

On successful completion of the Cambridge Nationals Certificate students will be awarded 2 GCSEs.

The course consists of:

  • 2 externally assessed exams
  • 6 coursework units

Assessed using a number of designated assignments.

Observations of performance and presentations are examples of assessment methods, however, there is a large component of written work required.

A final grade of Level 2 Pass Pass (C/C), Level 2 Merit Pass (C/B), Level 2 Merit Merit (B/B), Level 2 Distinction Merit (A/B), Level 2 Distinction Distinction (A/A), Level 2 Distinction* Distinction (A*/A) or Level 2 Distinction* Distinction* (A*/A*) is decided by attainment in each unit.

Additional Costs

The course costs approximately £45 per year. This price covers kit and equipment used for activities, travel to external venues, certificates of achievement and a course polo shirt

Extra Qualifications Gained

In addition to a BTEC qualification, I would expect hard-working students to gain many of the following proficiency awards by the end of year 11:

  • British Canoeing Personal Performance awards
  • National Indoor Climbing Award Levels 1 and 2
  • National Navigation Award Scheme Bronze
  • St John’s Ambulance First Aid Certificate

What can I do with an Outdoor Education Qualification?

The course has been developed to provide you with the fundamental skills and knowledge to continue on to the Level 3 BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport (PE or OE), A-Level Physical Education, or it can be used as a GCSE towards your 6th form intake requirements. It is also a useful course for those looking to leave and go into employment in the coaching and instructing sectors.

For further information see

Mrs N Oxbrow noxbrow@sharnbrook.beds.sch.uk