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Sport at Gateshead College

Course description

Sport builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance knowledge and increase understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Sport. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

This course gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach. The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

Many students choose Sport at Gateshead College because of our fantastic sports coaching available through our sports academies. If you are a budding coach or elite performer Sport could be considered. Many of our sixth formers are full members of Gateshead College Sports Academies, but not all necessarily study Sport.

This course has a weighting of 60/40 in favour of theory content which students find is a good balance of practical and theory based aspects. The course is designed to support students performance in their sport through analysis of their own and others’ performance.

Sport at Gateshead College provides breadth and balance - giving students the chance to study a wide array of theoretical areas that underpin Physical Education, whilst also getting the chance to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles and activities.

This course is available as both Certificate (equivalent to AS Level) and Subsidiary Diploma (equivalent to A Level).

Course content

Under the three main titles of Physiology, Psychology and socio-cultural issues, the theoretical aspects of the subject allow students to build on their knowledge from previous study and learn about factors that optimise performance.

In choosing this course, students will develop knowledge which will equip them for undergraduate study in areas of Physiology, Bio-mechanics, Psychology and Nutrition.

The variety of practical roles leads to a development of their leadership skills and moral and social development.

Students enjoy the course as it gives them the opportunity to do fitness and training in lessons. They learn about how the body works and study hot topics such as the London 2012 Olympics. Students feel rewarded by getting the chance to take part in sport and gain a qualification at the end of their course.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs grade A*-C with including English and mathematics with an average of grade B.

Future opportunities

The specification can lead to higher education study in areas such as Sports Science. The scientific nature of the theory content leads to study in other areas and careers in the active leisure industry.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gateshead College directly.

Last updated date: 12 April 2016

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    • Gateshead College's Baltic Campus is located on the Gateshead quayside, just minutes from Newcastle City Centre and its attractions.

      The College is situated behind the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and The Sage Gateshead.

      The College has its own car park, but at busy times alternative parking is available nearby.

      There is a charge for parking. Students can apply for a permit to allow free parking during study time.