Sports Studies

This course provides a natural progression for candidates who have studied GCSE Physical Education but should not be discounted by students who have not previously studied PE but have a strong interest in the subject.


It provides a balanced and broad based course and will prepare learners for a career within the sports sector but also other areas should the learner decide an alternative career pathway.


BTECs are a highly successful qualification, suitable for a wide range of learners with lessons taught both practically and theoretically.


BTECs provide a real-world approach alongside a theoretical background giving learners knowledge and understanding that they can transfer into either the workplace or a higher education setting.


The PE Department has outstanding facilities including two designated theory classrooms with ICT facilities, four badminton court sports hall, dance studio, gymnasium, and a state of the art fitness studio.


As part of Sport Studies, all students are given free membership to the Fitness Gym.

Courses Offered

Sport Studies BTEC - Based around development, coaching and fitness (Edexcel-double award, equivalent to 2 A levels).

Syllabus Breakdown

Within BTEC the traditional method of a final examination is replaced with a continual assessment through the submission of coursework. Assessment usual takes the form of a scenario based situation where students attempt to meet certain criteria in order to achieve a pass, merit or distinction grade.


Pupils’ assessed coursework to include: written reports, leaflets, coaching sport and instructing activity.


Topic Areas will be based around:

  • Principles of anatomy and physiology in sport

  • The physiology of fitness

  • Assessing risk in sport

  • Sports coaching

  • Psychology in sport

  • Fitness training and programming

  • Practical team sports

  • Sports nutrition

  • Organising sports events

  • Sports nutrition

  • Organising sports events

  • Sports injuries

  • Psychology for sports performance


Minimum Entry Requirements

It is not essential to have taken GCSE Physical Education to follow this course, but for entry to our sixth form, the minimum requirement is 5 good GCSE passes at grade 4 or higher.  Overall, a genuine enthusiasm for the world of sport and leisure is essential.

Why Choose Sport Studies?

The Sport Studies BTEC course develops many transferable skills: time management, leadership, communication, resilience, independent thinking and problem solving, as well as the ability to draw together knowledge and analyse sources to construct extended essay type answers, all of which are essential for further study or future employment. 

Wider Opportunities

These include opportunities to take part in a range of trips, for example cycling at a Velodrome, Go Ape and university sports science departments.


The department also offers regular trips to top level sporting events such as rugby internationals, national league basketball, championship football and T20 cricket,  as well as a 6th form sports tour.

Student Profiles

Shannon Linnell
Destination: University of Football Business (Wembley)
Studying: Sports Psychology

Jemma Fairey
Destination: University of Lincoln
Studying: Sports coaching and development

Robbie Wilcox
Destination: University of Hertfordshire
Studying: Sports Science

Adam Meadows
Employed: Sports Apprenticeship

What Our Students Say

‘I am really enjoying the course; the teachers are enthusiastic in delivering their topic areas. I particularly like the fact all the work is coursework based and there is no exam.’

What Can I Do Next? 

Following completion of Sport Studies BTEC, some pupils have gone into apprenticeships or jobs not related to sport, however many have gone on to study at Higher Education in the more obvious PE related courses, such as Sports Science, Sports Coaching and Development, Sports Psychology and Sports Nutrition.

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