Leeds East Academy


Year 9 Options Process - Sport Options 





Sport is an exciting course that enables you to develop your knowledge and skills in sport beyond the traditional sports you take part in at KS3. It includes lots of practical lessons where you can improve and become more advanced in a variety of different sports as a performer but you also learn how to officiate and lead sport.

There are also theory elements of the course that are studied in a classroom. This is where you learn how to evaluate and plan to improve performance as well as what makes a great sports leader. Your knowledge of sport is extended further as you will learn about the contemporary issues of sport as well as other outdoor activities that are considered less traditional.

You should pick sport if you enjoy being physically active and are confident at trying new sporting activities, not just those that you are more familiar with. Another reason is if you are interested in widening your knowledge of sport as more than just a practical activity. Finally, sport provides you with important life skills that will prove useful in many aspects of life such as confidence, communication and resilience.

Course Details

Cambridge National in Sport Studies.

The course is split into 3 units as follows:

 Contemporary Issues in Sport:

You will study a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, including learning about participation levels and barriers to completing sporting activities. You will also learn how participation is impacted by the promotion of values and ethical behaviour, about the role of high-profile sporting events, the role of national governing bodies and how technology is used in within sport.

 Topics include:

  • Issues which affect participation in sport
  • The role of sport in promoting values
  • The implications of hosting a major sporting event for a city or country
  • The role National Governing Bodies (NGBs) play in the development of their sport
  • The use of technology in sport. 

Performance and Leadership in Sports Activities

In this unit you will have an opportunity to develop your skills both as a performer in two different sporting activities, and as a leader, developing a range of transferable skills. You will work both independently and as part of a team, including communicating with team mates as well as being in front of an audience when you perform. You will perform under pressure, both as a participant and as a leader, and will use your initiative to solve problems and make decisions. Finally, you will deal with rapidly changing conditions and situations.

 Topics include:

  • Key components of performance
  • Applying practice methods to support improvement in a sporting activity
  • Organising and planning a sports activity session
  • Leading a sports activity session
  • Reviewing your own performance in planning and leading a sports activity session. 

Increasing Awareness of Outdoor and Adventurous Activities:

In this unit you will understand how to find out information about what opportunities there are in your local area as well as nationally in the UK for all different types of outdoor/adventurous activities. You will learn how to enjoy the activities safely by finding out what equipment, clothing, facilities and technology you need, as well as completing planning to help keep you safe.

 Topics include:

  • Provision for different types of outdoor and adventurous activities in the UK
  • Equipment, clothing and safety aspects of participating in outdoor and adventurous activities
  • Plan for and be able to participate in an outdoor and adventurous activity
  • Evaluate participation in an outdoor and adventurous activity.

Progression beyond GCSE

Students who study Sport can go onto take Level 3 Sport courses at College and Sixth Form. These could include:

  • A Level PE
  • BTEC Level 3 Sport
  • A range of Level 3 Vocational courses in Sport Studies and Sport Science
  • Sports Coaching Awards

 Following this, students could apply to university to study a degree in sport. For Example:

  • Sports Development
  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • PE Teaching
  • Physiotherapy
  • Plus many more...

Where will the course take you? 

Students who have studied sport courses can then go onto many different careers in sport. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Sports Coach
  • PE Teacher
  • Fitness Instructor/Personal Trainer
  • Sports Journalist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Youth Worker
  • Professional Sports Performer

 Students who take sport at Leeds East Academy do very well in the course. Over 96% of students who take the course pass the course. Many students have gone on to study sport at college and university. In recent years one student has received a scholarship to The Grammar School at Leeds for their sporting ability and another student got a place studying BTEC Sport Level 3 at the Leeds Rhinos Academy.

Course structure and assessment

The course is split into 3 units, weighted as follows: 

 Contemporary Issues in Sport – 40%.

This is a theoretical unit that is assessed by an exam at the end of the course. 

Performance and Leadership in Sports Activities – 40%.

This unit is mainly delivered in a practical setting with a small part of the unit being theory based. You will be assessed in two sports and as a sports leader and then complete a written piece of coursework that evaluates your performance as a performer and a leader and plans for improvement. 

Developing Knowledge & Skills in Outdoor Activities – 20%.

This unit is assessed through coursework and practical performance. You will produce a report on outdoor activities, plan and take part safely in outdoor activities and evaluate the value of these activities.

Student work

Evaluation of Performance Student Work

Sports exam example - Task 1



Sports exam example - Task 2


Sport example of coursework task



Further information

Student Guide to Coursework

Example Exam Paper

Example Coursework set task