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Sports Studies

OCR Sports Studies is suitable for students who want to undertake a sports qualification but are more suited to the vocational style of study and assessment. The course will provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of sport.
Students explore the theory relating to contemporary issues in sport and sport in the media. As well as having the opportunity to develop their own sports skills and lead their own sports sessions.

Areas of study: 

R051 – Contemporary issues in sport 

R052 – Developing sports skills 

R053 – Sports Leadership 

R054 – Sport and the media 

Students will build a bank of knowledge on a variety of sport related content whilst also developing key transferrable skills in communication, teamwork and organisation.

Curriculum information

 

Year 

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10 

Whilst studying the Level OCR Sports Studies course students will develop theoretical knowledge within four units of study: Contemporary Issues in Sport, Developing Sports Skills, Sports Leadership and Sport and the Media.

 

Within the Developing Sports Skills unit students will develop knowledge of the key components of performance in team and individual sports, how to apply rules and regulations in a variety of activities and how to identify improvement in their own performances.  

Students will also study contemporary issues in sport whereby they will develop knowledge of the issues which affect participation in sport, the role of sport in promoting values, the importance of national governing bodies in sport. 

 

Topics covered this term: 

R052 Developing Sports skills 

  • Skills, techniques, tactics, strategies and compositional ideas as an individual performer in a sporting activity 

  • Skills, techniques, tactics, strategies and compositional ideas as an team performer in a sporting activity 

  • How to officiate in a sporting activity 

  • Practice methods to support improvement in a sporting activity 

Topics covered this term: 

R051 Contemporary Issues in Sport 

  • The different user groups who may participate in sport 

  • The barriers which affect participation 

  • The solutions to barriers which affect participation 

  • The factors which can impact upon the popularity of sport in the UK 

  • Values which can be promoted through sport 

  • The Olympic and Paralympic movements 

  • Initiatives and events which promote values through sport 

Topics covered this term: 

R051 Contemporary Issues in sport 

  • The importance of etiquette and sporting behaviour of both performers and spectators  

  • The use of performance enhancing drugs 

  • The potential benefits and drawbacks of hosting major sporting events 

  • The role of national governing bodies in sport 

 

11 

Within Applying the Sport and the Media unit students will develop knowledge and understanding of a range of different media and how they differ in their sports coverage, the relationship between sport and the media, as well as their ability to evaluate and interpret the different ways in which sports events may be represented by the media.  

Within Sports Leadership unit students will develop knowledge of the attributes associated with successful sports leadership and undertake the planning and leading of sports activities. Following this, students will review the planning and leading of sports activities. 

 

Topics covered this term: 

R054 Sport and the media 

  • Know how sport is covered across the media 

  • The positive effects that the media can have on sport 

  • The negative effects that the media can have on sport 

  • The relationship between sport and the media 

  • Be able to evaluate media coverage of sport 

Topics covered this term: 

R053 Sports Leadership 

  • Know the personal qualities, styles, roles and responsibilities associated with effective sports leadership 

  • Be able to plan sports activity sessions 

  • Be able to deliver sports activity sessions 

  • Be able to evaluate own performance in delivering a sports activity session 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I enjoy the practical parts of the course and developing my leadership skills
Year 11 student
I like sports studies as I have learned new skills and played lots of different sports. You get to learn about the contemporary issues in sport and how sport is affected by the media
Year 11 student