Candidates will study a range of topics focusing on the physiological, psychological, historical and sociological factors associated with sport and physical activity. You will study how these factors affect the performance of elite athletes.
Students will be assessed at the end of Year 13. To test students' theoretical understanding of the course, they will sit two examinations. Additionally, each student will be assessed as a practical performer in one sporting activity, and expected to analyse their individual performance.
Assessment of quantitative skills will make up a minimum of 5% of a student's final grade.
Pupils will require the usual academic equipment as most lessons are theoretically based. There will be practical sessions throughout the course which will require suitable P.E. kit.
Completion of the course provides an excellent knowledge base which can be utilised in a number of degree courses. The course is ideally suited to those wishing to go on to study Sport Science, Physiology, Psychology, Nutrition or Physiotherapy. There are many career opportunities open to candidates.
Popular routes include:
At least a grade 6 in P.E. and four other GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Science. Students should also have achieved a minimum of a grade 6 on the theory examination of their GCSE course and should play a sport competitively in their own time.