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You have the choice of studying either an equivalent 1 or 2 A ‘Level programme. The 1 A ‘Level programme achieves the Extended Certificate (yr 1 study = Certificate and yr 2 study = Extended Certificate). The 2 A ‘Level programme achieves the Diploma (yr 1 study = the Extended Certificate and yr 2 study = the Diploma)
The one A level option can be taken alongside other qualifications related to their chosen field, for example A level Biology or Mathematics or Psychology, or a BTEC Certificate in Business, this qualification is for learners who are intending to study on a variety of courses. The 2 A Level option is best suited to learners who want to progress onto higher education programmes in sport or go onto apprenticeships or personal training qualifications. If your interest is sport and you want a career in sport then this is the best qualification for you at King Edwards VI.

If you choose this course you would benefit from:
• Experienced teachers who specialise in Exercise Fitness and have industry experience
• Learn about a variety of aspects of the sport industry to shape your career goals
• External coaches, guest athletes and industry experts
• Trips and visits to industries and universities

Year one
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Fitness, Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being

Year Two
• Professional Development in the Sports Industry
• Practical Sports Performance

Diploma (2 A Level Equivalent)

Year One
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Fitness, Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-Being
• Professional Development in the Sports Industry
• Practical Sports Performance

Year Two
• Application of Fitness Testing
• Sports Leadership
• Skills Acquisition in Sport
• Sports Event Organisation
• Investigating Business in Sport

What will I be taught?

This course is taught through classroom based learning and independent research. Students are to make use of materials on the college Moodle site and OneNote to help develop their understanding. Revision sessions based on technique, memory and writing skills will be included in the content teaching. This is then assessed in classroom activities and exam practice which allow learners to explore the content in more detail and apply them in a real life sporting context.  In addition, your teacher and personal tutor will review and discuss your progress with you and will be available for advice to support your learning.


Based on research into how students learn best, each subject will set independent work to allow you to recap what you have done in the past, consolidate understanding for what you are studying in the present and develop the skills and experiences which will help you for the future. You can read more about the college’s approach to independent study here

The Past
Click here for the suggested ongoing revision activities in this subject which research has shown are most likely to boost your achievement

The Present
Each subject will set weekly homework tasks to help you consolidate your understanding and prepare for your next lesson. This work is typically set through Microsoft Teams, so you will have an electronic log of all your work, notes and feedback.

The Future
A key part of your independent work in this subject will be to prepare for a range of potential jobs and higher education courses when you leave us. To get started, look below at the top higher education courses and jobs which previous students of this course have gone on to do.

As part of a wider programme this course provides an excellent basis for progression to many careers or university courses. Former students of this college have gone on to study Sport and Exercise Science, Sports Development and Coaching and Sports Marketing at university and employment as teaching assistants, and football coaching to name a few.

5 x GCSE grades 4-9 (incl. English Language)

Additional Requirements

4 in science

Not essential but it will help your success…

An enthusiasm for different aspects of sport, sports performance, health and fitness, not just the practical participation in sport or physical activity.

Pairs well with Medical Science, Biology and or Health and Social Care. For a career in Physiotherapy, A Level Biology should be taken alongside BTEC Sport.

Teaching contact time is 4 hours and 20 minutes per subject. Other workshops will be available throughout the year including over some holiday periods. Students are expected to complete up to 4 hours of independent study to complete assignments, homework, extra reading and independent research.


External assessment by exams & a case study and controlled assessment
Internal assessment through submitted coursework, controlled assessment and practical assessment

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