OCR Cambridge Nationals Qualifcation
Greenwood Academies Trust announces its partnership with the OCR through the Cambridge Nationals Sport Science and Sports Studies qualification at the Kingswood Secondary Academy.
Cambridge Nationals are full time vocational qualifications in a range of engaging subjects that are equivalent in size to GCSEs. They provide an excellent start for vocational study and enable progression to Level 3 vocational qualifications, such as Cambridge Technicals, A Levels and apprenticeships.
Cambridge Nationals in Sport are targeted at 14-16 year olds in a school environment. They’re available as an Award and a Certificate, with the Certificate being the same size as a GCSE. They use both internal and external assessment and meets the DfE’s requirements for attainment tables and headline performance measures.
The Cambridge Nationals in Sport Science offer learners the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.
Pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy have taken a liking towards this qualification. Andrew Burton, Principal of Kingswood Secondary Academy went on to say “not only do the pupils love it, but they are successful at it”.
Offering an academic qualification in P.E. opens doors for pupils who have a passion for sports as it provides a concrete route that could lead to Sport Science careers via A levels and University.
We are aware that some pupils excel academically when compared to physical forms of education, which is why the OCR qualification stood out to the Trust as it encompasses a theoretical aspect to the course. As a result of the depth, the qualification has attracted a range of students, including those drawn to the academic elements of P.E such as Sports Psychology.
The sports teachers at Kingswood Secondary Academy share a similar view to the pupils regarding the benefits of the Cambridge Nationals. Matt Gamble, Head of P.E. & Sport stated that the “…qualification not only suited the pupils but also the workload of the teachers”.
The Trust is proud to associate itself with the OCR, as we understand that this partnership can provide many more opportunities for our pupils as well as our staff members when it comes to development.
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