The Sports Science department take a multidisciplinary approach at both GCSE and A-Level, in which we sit the OCR examinations. All pupils receive both theory and practical lessons that are focussed on peak performance of the human body.

At GCSE our pupils have the opportunity to gain a fundamental understanding of Sports Science and Physical Education. They will perform in three different sports through the non-exam assessment component (40% of the overall grade), and will also develop a wide-ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport through examinations sat at the end of Year 11 (60% of the overall grade).

In the Sixth Form students have the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Sports Science and Physical Education. The disciplines of Anatomy & Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Sociological and Contemporary factors that influence sport, and the use of Modern Technology in sport are studied and examined at the end of either Year 12 for those taking AS, or Year 13 for those taking A-Level (70% of the overall grade). Students also have the opportunity to perform a sport through the non-exam assessment component (30% of the overall grade).

The Sports Science Club has allowed Year 9 pupils to learn about the ever expanding world of Sports Science and gain an insight into a possible career in a vocation that they love.

Sports Science pupils at St Edward’s have gone on to study at Harvard College and Russell Group universities (such as the University of Birmingham), as well as local establishments such as Hartpury College and the University of Gloucestershire.

Sixth Form Sports Science

Sports Science (OCR)

  • UNIT 1: Physiological factors affecting performance (2 hr written exam, 30% of A-Level)
  • UNIT 2: Psychological factors affecting performance (1 hr written exam, 20% of A-Level)
  • UNIT 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (1 hr written exam, 20% of A-Level)
  • UNIT 4: Performance in Physical Education (non-exam assessment, 30% of A-Level)

Course aims:

This reformed qualification will provide students to gain a deeper understanding of sports performance and the areas that underpin Sports Science. They will look in detail at physiological aspects of the body, learn about a variety of biomechanical principles, consider how psychology can impact on sporting performance, and also study in detail contemporary issues in sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students.

Entry requirements:

The GCSE course in Physical Education is the ideal foundation for this course, however is not a pre-requisite for a candidate suitable for the subject. The diverse nature of the course means that it combines very well with a range of other subjects (Biology, Physics, Psychology, and History).

All students are required to be active in one key sporting area.

Key features:

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport and Society
  • Sporting performance
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance

Higher Education:

A level Sports Science provides an excellent foundation for specialist study in both Sports Science and other sport related degrees. It provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, management, health, fitness and professional sports.