Cambridge Technical in Sport
The OCR Cambridge Technical in Sport is equivalent to two A levels in terms of its content and depth. There is one pathway for pupils taking this CTEC qualification, with one A level chosen from any A level from the broad selection on offer at Stonyhurst.
There is a diverse range of topics within the CTEC in Sport which makes it a hugely interesting course for pupils. The breadth is vast, stimulating and, most importantly, relevant to the real world, with units covering Sport Science, Sport Psychology, Biomechanics, Sport Coaching, Rehabilitation and how sports organisations are organised and run.
The other aspect of the course that is different to A levels is that only 3 of the 11 units are assessed by examinations, worth 33% of the total final mark/grade. These exams are 90 minutes in length and take place immediately after the content has been taught; for example, Unit 1 is taught from September to December, with pupils then sitting the Unit 1 examination in early January and not having to wait one and a half years after the teaching has ended to be externally assessed. This is a huge positive for every pupil, and results are also known within 8 weeks.
The remaining 67% of the course is assessed via coursework, which is marked internally and then moderated externally by OCR. Pupils are taught the content and then, like university students, have to complete their coursework and the tasks within them by a set deadline. This aspect of the course has been popular with the pupils, who enjoy the independent style of learning, and the grades over the last few years have been very successful.