Sports Science Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)

Course Description

Can you see yourself treating the world's No 1 tennis player or teaching a group of fitness instructors the bones and muscles in the human body? Does the science behind sport fascinate you? Do you want to know how to help an athlete become faster, higher or stronger? If so then this is the course for you.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three other GCSEs at grade 4 or above including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4. This course may be taken alongside A Level courses and may be more suited to learners with a strong profile of prior attainment in vocational studies.

Course Content

The course covers 4 units: Functional Anatomy, Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology, Coaching for Performance, and Biomechanics in Sport and Exercise Science.  Through these units you will develop a responsible and co-operative approach to working on your own and as part of a group, developing skills such as team work and communication alongside your academic skills. The course uses practical activities, presentations and involvement with local sporting professionals wherever possible to enhance the learning experience.


You will complete external assessments in two units and will be continuously assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies in the others.

Enrichment and Work Experience

A Level students are required to complete a one week work experience placement. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience.  It supports the academic skills they develop during their time at college and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the student, although there is a vast amount of support and guidance available to assist them at college through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and their personal tutor.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports related enrichment and we encourage our students to do so. These include: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme, First Aid, Voluntary Service Award, Cricket, Football, Basketball, Rugby, Netball and Athletics.

Additional Information

As part of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course run by Focus Training.  We are able to offer this at a significantly reduced cost.  The course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry, equipping you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work with gym users and help them to reach their health and fitness goals. The qualification is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the UK and overseas.

Links with other subjects:

This course links well with a number of subjects and can be combined with other A Levels including: Business, Biology, Psychology, and Sociology.

Future Career Opportunities

This course is a scientific based programme that prepares you for work in sports industry, or progression on to Higher Education to study a sport science related degree such as Physical Education, Sports Rehabilitation/Therapy, Sports Psychology or Exercise Physiology.

Why study at The Sixth Form Bolton?

If you enjoy taking part in sport and have an interest in all aspects surrounding and supporting sport and performance then this is the course for you. You will develop your knowledge of sport and the wider issues surrounding it; from the science of movement to how genetics can determine whether you become an Olympic Champion or not.