Sport Science

National Certificate in Sport Science

Why study this subject?

This course looks at the science behind sport. It offers students the opportunity to study key areas of sport science including anatomy and physiology linked to fitness, health, injury and performance; the science of training and application of training principles, and psychology in sport and sports performance.

What will I learn?

The course is comprised of both theory and practical lessons. In theory lessons, students will acquire knowledge and complete coursework tasks; practical lessons focus at putting the science behind sport into action, for example; fitness testing, recovery heart rates and methods of training. Practical lessons will not involve playing sport and sporting ability is not assessed on this course.

How will I be assessed?

Your class work and homework will be regularly marked, and feedback given will ensure you know how to improve your progress and attainment. Your overall grade will depend on your performance in four units, some of which are internally assessed:

  • Reducing the risk of sports injuries
  • Applying principles of training
  • The body’s response to physical activity
  • Technology in sport

What qualifications will I get at the end of the course?

You will achieve a Level 2 Certificate in Sport Science which is equivalent to one GCSE.

What can this qualification lead to afterwards?

Career opportunities include PE teacher, sports coach, fitness Instructor, personal trainer, Public Services, and various roles in the leisure and recreation industry.

Post-16 Progression

This course provides the knowledge, understanding and skills for students to progress to academic qualifications in Science or to vocational qualifications in Personal Training, Leisure Management or to a wide range of apprenticeships in the Sports Industry.

Where can I find out more about this qualification?

You can see any member of the Physical Education department.



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