Sport & Exercise Science Single Vocational A Level (BTEC Extended Certificate)
Can you see yourself treating the world No 1 tennis player, Serena Williams 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!
Students will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 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.
The course covers six units including: Anatomy for Sport and Exercise; Sport and Exercise Physiology; Sport and Exercise Psychology and Sports Massage. The course is continually assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies. 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.
As part of this course you will have the opportunity to complete the Level 2 Gym Instructor course run by Focus training and is aimed at those hoping to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry. The course equips you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work with gym users, helping them to reach their health and fitness goals. The qualification is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the UK and overseas.
Continuously assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies.
Enrichment and Work Experience
A Level students are required to complete a one week work experience placement in the summer term. 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 learner, although there is 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; Natural Born Leaders; Voluntary Service Award; Cricket; Football; Basketball; Netball and Athletics.
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 BSFC?
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.