Course Information

Sports Science

Qualifications to start the course

Students must have five GCSEs including English, Mathematics and Science graded A* - C. Additional requirements for this subject: Students must have GCSE Physical Education at grade C or above or the BTEC equivalent.

What you will do


In the first year there are two units. The first of these is an examination based unit and covers Anatomy and Physiology. In the second practical based unit you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate an athlete’s performance, how to improve your own performance and the factors affecting gaining new skills. There are a number of different assignments in this unit which are marked internally and then verified by an external examiner.


In the first year you’ll have two assessments. The first is a 1.5 hour on-line examination which covers the first unit of the year (Anatomy & Physiology). Learners will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems. This examination accounts for 50% of your marks for the year and is 25% of your overall grade.


The second assessment is a practical unit. Learners will examine National Governing Body rules/laws and regulations for selected sports competitions. They will also examine the skills, techniques and tactics required to perform in selected sports. Learners will develop skills, techniques and tactics for sporting activity in order to meet sporting aims and reflect on their own practical performance using selected assessment methods. This practical assessment is based on the second unit of the year and accounts for 50% of your marks for the year (25% of your total grade).


In the second year you will again study two units. The first unit in the second year is an on-line examination which covers Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and well-being. Learners will explore client screening and lifestyle assessment, fitness training methods and fitness programming to support improvements in a client’s health and well-being.


The second unit looks at Professional Development in the Sports Industry. Learners will explore the knowledge and skills required for different career pathways in the sports industry. Learners will take part in, and reflect on, a personal skills audit, career action plan and practical interview assessment activities.

Future prospects

The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard. The BTEC course also opens up a whole number of career options, such as Sport Scientist, Physiotherapist, or working for a governing body.


Sport & fitness is a huge industry... and you can be part of it. If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a Physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities.

From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business. Best of all, you could be in a career doing something that you love.


Every year more and more people take up sport. Having hosted the Olympic Games in 2012, The UK and London have been left with the ‘Olympic Legacy’. Physical Education is at the heart of this legacy and has never played such an important part in society. As somebody working in sports,you’ll be riding the crest of a wave and in pole position to gain employment in the sports industry.

*PLEASE NOTE: This is a single BTEC qualification and can only be taken as an additional option along with a triple BTEC subject (Business, HSC or ICT)