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Sports Studies

Sport studies is an excellent course for students who wish to develop their knowledge on a variety of sports-based topics. This is a developmental course which requires students to study, and be assessed, in a variety of ways.

Over the duration of the course, students will cover 4 different topics: Contemporary Issues in Sport (theory), Developing Sports Skills (practical), Sports Leadership (practical and theory) and Sport in the Media (theory). All these units will allow students to be introduced to topics and issues that will allow them to grasp these key areas.


Do your best when no one is 

looking. If you do that, then you 

can be successful at anything 

you put your mind to. 


Bob Cousy

All of these units will allow progressions to further education in the sports field in areas students may not have realised were possible, or even existed. This is a step up from core PE due to the theoretical content and nature of the course. Students will be coached, taught and guided along the way, to reach their potential in this course. With 3 coursework units and 1 exam unit, this is an excellent course for students who prefer opportunities to be assessed over a period of time rather than in 1 exam period. 

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What are they learning?


R051: Contemporary issues in sport Students explore a range of topical and contemporary issues in sport, such as participation levels and barriers, promoting values and ethical behaviour, and how sport contributes to society as a whole, beyond simply providing entertainment. R052: Developing sports skills Students try out a range of sports-related skills and techniques, including different practice methods for improving both their own performance and that of others. They develop their knowledge of the use of tactics and strategies in both individual and team sporting activities, as well as their understanding of the rules, enabling them to carry out a number of officiating roles within the activities. R053: Sports leadership Students learn about some of the knowledge, understanding and practical skills required to be an effective sport leader. They put their knowledge into practice by planning and delivering safe and effective sporting activity sessions. Afterwards they review their performance. R054: Sport and the media Students explore the relationship between sports and the media: how sport uses the media to promote itself and the media uses sport to expand and maintain uptake of its products. They look at the differences in sports coverage across a range of media outlets, and over time, and the effect that media has had on public interest and involvement in sport.

Potential Careers relating to your subject

Strength and Conditioning Coach / Police / Army / Armed Forces Training and Education Officer / Health and Lifestyle Coach / Personal Trainer / Sports Development Officer / Grass Roots Coach / Sport Centre Manager / Sports Coach / Athlete / Sports Therapist / Sports Media / Youth Worker / Outdoor Activity Manager/Coach / Dance Teacher / Sports Administrator