Sports Science

Course Description

Being involved in sport is no longer just about competing. Sports Science is a growing area that allows us to develop a knowledge and understanding of the human body, health and elite performance. Are you curious how science can enhance performance in sport? 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 studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 5/4, including English Language and Mathematics at grade 5/4 or above. Or eight GCSEs at a minimum of grade 5. 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.

Features of the Course

This programme has been developed for those aiming to go on to employment in the sport and leisure industry or to move on to higher education. The course has been developed in close collaboration with professionals, businesses, and universities 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 covers four 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 undertake external assessment in two units and will be continuously assessed through written assignments, projects, consultations, presentations and case studies in the others.

Exam Board: Pearson RQF

Enrichment and Work Experience

Students are required to complete a one-week work experience placement. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning development. 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 student, although there is vast amount of support and guidance available to assist them 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, netball and athletics.

Additional Information

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.

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 prepares you for a career in the sports industry or progression into higher education to study degrees within the field including areas such as sport and exercise science, physiotherapy, sports rehabilitation, coaching and teaching.

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.