Sports Science

Course Description

Sports science is a growing area as clubs and athletes now employ sports scientists to help them reach their potential and be at the top of their game. In order to compete, athletes need to have more than just ability, they need knowledge and understanding of what the body is capable of and how to make this happen. Sports Science is a diverse area that includes anatomy, nutrition, rehabilitation, fitness testing, fitness training, coaching and technology in sport.

Entry Requirements

Students will be expected to have five GCSEs at grade 9-4, or a Merit in a relevant vocational Level 2 Diploma (or equivalent). In addition, students will be expected to have GCSE grade 4 in English Language and a minimum of grade 3 in Mathematics.

Features of the Course

This programme has been developed for those aiming to progress into employment within the sport and leisure industry or higher education. The course has been developed in close collaboration with professionals, businesses, universities and course providers delivering the qualifications to ensure it provides high quality preparation for progression on your chosen path. You will have the opportunity to develop a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in working life or further study. The course consists of 13 units including: sports massage, functional anatomy, sport and exercise physiology, nutrition for sport and exercise performance, coaching for performance and fitness, applied sport and exercise psychology, field and laboratory based fitness testing, sports injury and biomechanics in sports and exercise science.


You will complete four units through external assessments and throughout the course you will be continuously assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies for the others.

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

As part of the Triple Vocational A Level programme, all students will complete a one-week compulsory work placement of their choice. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience. It supports the academic skills they develop during their time at The Sixth Form 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 through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and your 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

Students are required to take part in practical based lessons and will require suitable clothing and footwear for indoor and outdoor activities.

As part of this course, you will have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course through a local company called 88 Fitness Education & 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.

Future Career Opportunities

This course leads to a range of careers including nutritionist, physiotherapist, sports scientist and PE teacher. Many of our students have progressed to study subjects such as sports science, sports rehabilitation, sports therapy and PE at degree level. The qualification also develops a range of techniques, personal skills and attributes essential for successful performance in both working life and higher education.

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 current issues in sport and the treatment of injuries to how to teach a Physical Education (PE) lesson.