Students will need a good attitude to learning, good ability in English, an interest in PE and sport, and a willingness to work hard in the classroom and in practical lessons. Students will study a combination of Sport Studies and Sport Science during the first term. PE staff will then guide students towards which course is best suited to their strengths for the remainder of Key Stage 4.
You will study a range of sports. You will be assessed in Table Tennis, Athletics, Basketball, Football, Badminton, Climbing, Volleyball, Dance, Cricket, Netball and Trampolining.
The course involves five one-hour lessons per fortnight, plus home learning.
If there is another sport that you take part in outside school to a high level, it may be possible to use video evidence to assess you in this area.
Students will study four of these units
Contemporary Issues in Sport (one hour exam)
Developing Sports Skills
Sports Leadership Working in the Sports Industry
Sports & The Media Developing Knowledge & Skills in outdoor activities
Is it for me?
Students need to have an interest in sport and have a high level of commitment and motivation. A quarter of the course is assessed on practical ability, you need to be able to perform at a good level in a range of sporting areas and be prepared to work hard during practical lessons.
Do not expect this course to be completely practical. A large amount of time will be spent learning the course content in preparation for the exam.
Sports Studies can lead to further academic courses such as A Level Physical Education and Level 3 Cambridge Nationals/Technicals Sport Studies.
The sports industry is a multi million pound business today and with further study and training, students could find employment in many different areas of sport, including PE teaching, leisure industry, sports coaching, sport and industry, sport and technology, personal training.