Hartlepool Sixth Form College

Sport and Physical Education

AS / A Level Physical Education

Course Content

Sport and 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.

You will study three distinct topic areas. The first area includes anatomy and physiology, where you will learn how the different body systems respond during exercise and the adaptations that can occur. Secondly, you will study how we learn and acquire sports skills and different psychological effects on performance including arousal, aggression and group dynamics. Finally, you will study sport and society, which includes the development of sport through the ages and the impact of media and technology on modern day sport.

In addition to this, you will also be assessed practically alongside completing an analysis and evaluation of your performance.

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 in Sport and Exercise Science is designed for those wishing to pursue a career or HE pathway that is more sport-science focused.

Modules covered include the Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing and Training, Research Methods, Sports Coaching, Sport Psychology and Sports Injuries.

Students 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 and to complete additional qualifications in sports leadership and fitness instruction to develop their employability skills.

Progression

Most students who complete this course progress to higher education in courses such as sport science, strength and conditioning, sport psychology, sports development/coaching.

This course is also designed for those who want to study sports therapy or physiotherapy at HE Level.

Students who do not wish to continue to HE may also progress into career roles such as sports coach, gym instructor, lifestyle trainer, sport development officer or be involved in the administration of sport and leisure.

BTEC Sport (Development, Coaching and Fitness)

Course Content

This course is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to improve physiologically and psychologically. You will gain an in-depth knowledge of the science behind sport and take part in practical sessions.

Modules covered include; The Principles of Anatomy and Physiology, Fitness Testing and Training, Sports Nutrition, Sports Coaching and Sports Development. Students who complete this course, will gain a wide range of skills which will make them suitable for apprenticeships or employment in the sports sector. On this course, you will have the opportunity to work with local organisations in the delivery of sporting opportunities in order to experience real life delivery to various groups of participants.

Progression

This qualification will allow you to progress to university.

Those who do not enter higher education could progress into career roles or apprenticeships in it, 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 you more employable when you complete the course and ensure you have additional qualifications on top of your BTEC.

BTEC Level 2 Sport

If you have not quite achieved what you would have liked to at GCSE, don’t worry we can help! We provide a range of options that you can study over a one-year period, which on successful completion will allow you to bridge that gap and move to Level 3 programmes of study.

Course Content

Sport has always been a popular way of spending our free time and therefore has become a major part of the leisure industry. As a result, there are a large range of careers in sport and prospects are increasing as more people play and watch sports. The BTEC Level 2 in Sport can help you take your first steps towards a career in sport and fitness. You’ll learn essential skills such as training for personal fitness, encouraging sports participation, and organising and leading events and activities.