Sports Studies

Examination Board:  AQA

What topics are covered?

The Sports Studies specification contains:  applied anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanical principles, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in sport.  There is a practical element to the course where students are assessed in one activity in a fully competitive context in the role of performer or coach.

Students also analyse their own practical performance and formulate methods to improve this.

Why do the subject at Stafford Grammar School?

Thriving physical education department  –  the polyathlon provides an inter house sporting competition involving all year groups in a variety of sports.  Sport is played to a high level against other independent schools in a wide range of sports.

  • The elite sports programme which caters for our County, Regional and National athletes.
  • To supplement our success in District, County, Regional and National competitions.
  • Excellent teaching staff  –  excellent knowledge and skill base.
  • Superb record in GCSE and A level examinations using existing sporting skills in the practical aspect of the course.

What skills will I gain doing Sports Studies?

  • Developing coaching and management skills.
  • Understanding in-depth physiology to enable you to create a physical training programme to improve both aerobic and anaerobic performance.
  • Analysis of basic and elite performance to improve your own and others sporting technique.

What career paths would this be suitable for?

  • Professional sportsman/sportswoman
  • A career in the leisure industry (the biggest developing industry in the world)
  • Teacher/Lecturer
  • Personal Trainer
  • Fitness Instruction and Training
  • Fitness Management
  • Leisure Management
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Coaching and Instruction
  • Sports Development
  • Business Management
  • Physical Training Instructor