GCE Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry (2016)

Please note: a Specification Addendum is in place for the 2020/2021 academic year for those candidates completing their course in Summer 2021. View Specification Addendum.

CCEA’s GCE Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry specification is unique. It addresses key employment opportunities in the active leisure industry and prepares students for further study.

AS level covers fitness, training methods, fitness testing, planning training programmes and first aid. In the AS coursework unit, students use their knowledge to adopt the role of a ‘personal trainer’ advising a ‘client’.

At A2, students examine in detail the structure and function of the body’s systems and how exercise affects them. For the A2 internal assessment unit, students lead, manage and motivate their peers to deliver an event to suit the stated aims and resources available.

This specification is available at two levels: AS and A2. Students can take the AS units plus the A2 units for a full GCE A level qualification. They can also choose to take the AS course as a stand-alone qualification.

The specification has four units:

  • Unit AS 1: Fitness and Training for Sport
  • Unit AS 2: The Active Leisure Industry: Health, Fitness and Lifestyle
  • Unit A2 1: Event Management in the Active Leisure Industry
  • Unit A2 2: The Application of Science to Sports Performance.

Current Specification

First teaching: from September 2016
First award of AS level: from Summer 2017
First award of A level: from Summer 2018
QAN AS level: 601/8904/6
QAN A level: 601/8905/8
Guided learning hours AS level: 180
Guided learning hours A level: 360
Qualification level: 3
Subject Code: MA11

Skills developed through our GCE Sports Science and the Active Leisure Industry

This specification builds on learning from Key Stage 4 and gives students opportunities to continue to develop the Cross-Curricular Skills and the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities.

Students develop their communication skills by analysing and evaluating their own and others’ performance in physical activities and their using mathematics skills by collecting, presenting, analysing and evaluating fitness data. They also build on their using ICT skills by accessing online information and data.

This qualification provides a basis for progression to further study, higher education and employment in a range of areas.

Additional Support

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure has an initiative called Sport Matters that encourages a culture of lifelong enjoyment and success in sport.

The Dairy Council provides information on fitness and nutrition.

For articles about rehabilitation after injury and strengthening muscles, www.physioadvisor.com.au is a useful resource.

For more information on this specification contact:

Arlene Ashfield
Specification Support Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2291
Peter Davidson
Subject Officer
(028) 9026 1200 ext. 2993