Sport Studies

Head of Department: Mrs K Clough:

About the course:

This is a 1 or 2 year course.

The units studied are:

Principles of Anatomy and Physiology in Sport:

Have you ever wondered how your body is able to cope with a range of sport and exercise activities? This unit investigates how the different parts of the human body are pieced together, what they are made of and how they work.


The Physiology of Fitness:

As you read this your body is doing little by way of physical exertion. However, were you to break into a run, significant changes would occur. This unit investigates and explores the responses of the musculoskeletal, cardiovascular and respiratory systems to exercise.


Assessing Risk in Sport:

While sport and exercise activities provide enjoyment and significant health and fitness benefits for millions of people worldwide, many thousands of injuries occur each year. Causes include overexertion, accidents and negligence. With the many different sporting activities it is impossible to be risk free, but providing a healthy and safe environment should be an integral concern for everyone working within sport and exercise.


Sports Coaching:

There is far more to being a good coach than just producing the best athletes or teams. The best coaches are experienced, skilled and knowledgeable and dedicated to developing the athletes they work with.


Fitness Testing for Sport and Exercise:

Fitness is vital for success in sport and fitness testing plays a valuable role in the development of fitness levels. Sports performers take part in fitness tests to determine their training needs and to provide a baseline for future assessment.


Outdoor and Adventurous Activities:

Outdoor and adventurous activities are becoming increasingly popular and offer an alternative to the traditional team and individual competitive sports which usually dominate our understanding when thinking about physical activity. Through outdoor and adventurous

activities, participants compete not against each other but against the challenge of the environment, be it altitude, vertical, subterranean, ice, snow or water in nature. This unit enables learners to explore a range of outdoor and adventurous activities and includes a 2 day residential trip!


Fitness Training and Programming:

What does it take for Lionel Messi to be able to sprint for a header in the dying minutes of a match? What about a novice marathon runner and what they put their bodies through to complete the 26 miles! And finally, what about an injured hockey player who is in the latter stages of rehabilitation from a knee injury – what types of training are best for them to get back to full fitness? Throughout this unit, you will examine these issues and focus the different types of training and how best to design training sessions and programmes.

  • The Outdoor and Adventurous Activities module will include a 2 day residential trip.
  • It is recommended that students have studied either GCSE PE or have passed BTEC Level 2 in Sport at Key Stage 4.



All assessment is internal. There is no examination. Assessment methods will be varied and will include presentations, assignments, practical work, verbal analysis and completion of accredited courses.



Students can gain a Pass, Merit or Distinction for all assessed tasks. These are totalled at the end of year one or two for a final grade.


Progression routes

Students who complete the BTEC Level 3 in Sport could go into further or higher education.

Possible career paths could include:

  • Fitness Instructor
  • Sports Coach
  • PE Teacher
  • Leading Outdoor and Adventurous Activities