Sports Studies is extremely useful for a range of careers, in a variety of different sectors within the sports profession. The course will suit many students, as the pathway after completion of the course, can take many routes including university, apprenticeships or straight into employment.
The specification compliments other post 16 courses such as Applied Science and Psychology. Sports Studies is usually appealing to students that have an interest in the area or that have taken the subject at Level 2 or equivalent (GCSE PE). There are both coursework and exam based elements, with some extended writing. Sport Studies students often choose careers such as teaching, coaching, leisure centre work or physiotherapy.
BTEC Extended Certificate (2 year course) - Equivalent in size to one A Level.
- Unit 1: Anatomy and Physiology (Exam)
- Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health and Wellbeing (Controlled Assessment)
- Unit 3: Mandatory unit (Coursework)
- Unit 10: Optional unit (Coursework)
BTEC National Diploma (2 year course) Equivalent in size to two A Levels.
Same units as above, as well as:
- Unit 22: Business in Sport (Controlled Assessment)
- Unit 23: Mandatory Unit (Coursework)
- Unit 4: Mandatory Unit (Coursework)
- Unit 6: Optional Units (Coursework)
- Unit 5: Optional Unit ( Coursework)
Extended Certificate -
Four units, of which 2 are coursework and 1 is an external exam and 1 is a controlled assessment.
9 units of which 6 are coursework, 1 is an external exam and 2 are controlled assessments.
To be accepted onto this course a student should have at least 5 GCSE's at grade 4.
Level 2 Sport or equivalent is not essential but preferred.
Essay writing skills are also desirable.
Students are expected to have a wider interest in Sport.
This qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers as contributing to admission requirements to sports related jobs.
Possible pathways include Teaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Physiotherapy, Leisure Centre Manager etc.