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Sports Science A-Level (Edexcel) at Harington School

Course description

A fascinating subject for those interested in understanding how their bodies work and how to train their bodies and minds for peak performance. Learning how to teach others new skills and analyse performances and the prominent roles sport played as a political tool in the past, and as a marketable commodity in the present. Students will be a school team or club player in chosen assessment sports with a commitment to improve their performance via training outside of session time. A competent scientist, particularly in Biology (grade B at GCSE or above), who posesses a keen interest in the theory behind improving sports performance.

Course content

The course aims to gain an understanding of the physiological and mechanical basis of performacne in sport, the psychological factors influencing behaviour in sport and the historical and cultural aspects of participation in sports. To improve performance and coaching skills in two sports. Anatomical, physiological and psychological theories will be studied and how the are applied to sporting activity. Developing a range of transferable skills from practical work, your ability to research and analyse topic areas in theory areas.

Entry requirements

Each year, Harington School offers 150 places in Year 12 to students who meet our admissions criteria. 


Our usual minimum requirements are:

  • Five GCSEs at grade B or abov
  • A*- C passes in Mathematics and English

There is an expectation that students will have achieve an A*-B grade in the subjects (or comparable subjects) that they wish to take at A-Level.

Future opportunities

Students wishing to enter Sports Science should combine this courses with at least one sicence. For a career in teaching, students often choose Geography, Sociology or English and for the sporting or leisure industry, Psychology or Business Studies. A-Level PE leads onto many sports-related degree courses and is also valuable for medical-related courses such as occupational therapy and physiotherapy. Its wide variety of skills will stand you in good stead for most university courses.

The sport industry is huge and offers a wide varietyy of career opportunities in areas such as:

  • Sports science
  • Sports studies
  • Sports coaching and development
  • Sports therapy
  • Sports psychology
  • Teaching
  • Biomechanics
  • Leisure management
  • Sports technology
  • Armed Forces

Further information

Harington places a great emphasis on academic achievement and on providing challenging opportunities for personal development, through the Duke of Edinburgh Award and the individual Extended Project. These are essential when applying for the most prestigious universities. There will also be the opportunity to take the ABRSM grades in Music.

When choosing your A-Level subjects, you should take into consideration not only your personal strengths but also the requirements of any future courses you will wish to study post-18.

This is a very exciting time to join Harington School and our goal is to help you achieve the success you need to progress on to the next important stage of your education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Harington School directly.

Last updated date: 02 September 2015
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