How does the body work during exercise? Why is sport becoming a social phenomenon? How does the body adapt to training? These are all questions and more you will explore on this Physical Education courses.

Physical Education is a course taught in two separate strands and you will choose one to study. You can specialise in 'Sport Science' or 'Sport Studies & Fitness', preparing you with a broad base of knowledge within the sporting industries across the sector.

Some students will ultimately have a career pathway in mind. For those the specific pathway choice allows you to learn additional aspects that focus your learning. Students who pick the coaching and fitness strand will be expected to deliver some coaching and personal training sessions whereas the exercise science students will be expected to analyse performance and create psychological training programmes. There is also the opportunity for you to complete a work placement and we can help you source these.


Anatomy and Physiology

You will explore how the skeletal, muscular, cardiovascular and respiratory systems function and the fundamentals of the energy systems

Sport Psychology

This unit covers the major psychological factors that can affect performers in sport and exercise environments, and the interventions that can promote an appropriate mindset.

Field and Laboratory-based Fitness Testing

You will become familiar with the essential testing protocols commonly used in both the field and laboratory to assess the fitness of the modern performer.

Course specific entry requirements

  • 5+ acres of outdoor sports fields
  • Dedicated multi-purpose Sports Hall
  • Multi-functioning pitches
  • Guest speakers from Emergency Services including Greater Manchester Police and employers Active Tameside and Personal Trainers
  • College sports teams
  • Enrichment including First Aid (HeartStart – RAF)
  • Regular trips and visits to local gyms, sporting stadiums and the Imperial War Museum

Course Key Details

Course Type : Subsidiary Diploma
Exam Board : Edexcel
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : Mix of internal and external

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