Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Sport and Physical Education

AS / A2 Physical Education

Course Content

Sport & fitness is a huge industry and you can be part of it. If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities. From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business.

In the first year there are two main study topics. The first of these covers the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle and includes subjects like the physiological effects of exercise and how people acquire sports skills. In the second study topic you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate an athlete’s performance, how to improve performance, and the factors affecting gaining new skills.

In the second year you’ll have two main study topics again. The first continues with the theme of optimising the performance of an athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes, as well as studying the important topics within sport today. The second study topic looks at performance in competitive situations. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with ways of correcting any errors the athlete is making.

Assessment

The subject will require learners to perform both theoretically and practically. Theory lessons are delivered in a seminar style and focus on enhancing exam technique and practice, and you are expected to fully participate in any practical sessions that are required.

Progression

A Level PE is a good prerequisite to study Sport at university level, e.g., Sport Studies or Sports Science, with the option of specialising in areas like Sports Psychology, depending on individual preference. Likewise, it is a useful course if you are hoping to pursue a career in Coaching or Training. Some universities offering Sports Physiotherapy degrees may accept Physical Education as a “science” subject.

BTEC Sport and Exercise Science

Course Content

The BTEC Level Extended Diploma in Sport & Exercise Science is designed for those wishing to pursue a career or HE pathway that is more sport-science focused. By completing Year 1 successfully and progressing to, and completing Year 2 learners will have achieved a 3x A Level equivalent qualification. Modules covered include the Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing and Training, Research Methods, Sports Coaching, Sport Psychology and Sports Injuries. Learners on this course will have the opportunity to work with local organisations in the delivery of sporting opportunities in order to experience real life delivery to groups of participants.

Assessment

Sessions will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons and wherever possible underpinning theory will also be demonstrated in a practical context. There will be a variety of assessment methods used and learners will have a thorough understanding of the evidence they are expected to produce.

All learners on the Programme will be challenged to progress to the BTEC L3 Extended Diploma Sport & Exercise Science (top-up qualification in YR2). Students who complete this course, will gain a wide range of skills which will make them suitable for apprenticeships in the sports sector.

Progression

Students who complete this course could progress into career roles such as Leisure Assistant, Assistant Sports Coach, Gym Instructor, Lifestyle Trainer, Sport development or be involved in the administration of sport and leisure. The course is also designed for those who want to study Sports Therapy or Physiotherapy at HE Level.

BTEC Extended Diploma Sport and Exercise 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 95% High Grades

BTEC Sport

Course Content

This course is designed to give learners the skills, knowledge and experience needed to improve physiologically and psychologically. Learners will gain an in-depth knowledge of the science behind sport and take part in practical sessions. Learners will be challenged to reach the progression criteria set to allow them to progress and “top-up” to the BTEC L3 Diploma in their second year of studying Level 3.

Modules covered include the Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing and Training, Sports Nutrition, Sports Development.All learners on the Programme will be challenged to progress to the BTEC L3 Diploma Sport & Exercise Science (top-up qualification in YR2). Students who complete this course, will gain a wide range of skills which will make them suitable for apprenticeships in the sports sector. Learners on this course will have the opportunity to work with local organisations in the delivery of sporting opportunities in order to experience real life delivery to groups of participants.

Assessment

Sessions will be a mixture of theory and practical lessons and wherever possible underpinning theory will also be demonstrated in a practical context. There will be a variety of assessment methods used (written assessments, observations, presentations and discussions being some) and learners will have a thorough understanding of the evidence they are expected to produce.

Progression

Those who do not enter HE could progress into career roles such as Leisure Assistant, Assistant Sports Coach, Gym Instructor, or be involved in the administration of sport and leisure.

Employability plays an important role in this programme and is evidenced by the inclusion of an additional qualification to make learners “more employable” when they complete the course and ensure they have additional qualifications on top of their BTEC.

BTEC Subsidiary Diploma in Sport 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 100% High Grades

BTEC Diploma in Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness) 2016 results – 100% Pass Rate and 83% High Grades