Sport A level

A level sport is the ideal course for any students with an interest or passion in all aspects of sports. Students will study anatomy and biomechanics with strong links that compliment biology and physics. The in-depth analysis of sport psychology and the social aspects and developments of sport compliment students who are interested in psychology, sociology and history.

The course covers an array of subjects which develops opinions on drug use in sport, hooliganism, elite sporting progression and development of on a national and international stage.

Students will delve into the technology and evolution of sports and activities, sharing their own experiences with peers and staff, while using their own dedication and commitment in sport to gain credit for their own specific analysis and performance.


A level sport

Awarding body AQA

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in both GCSE maths and English. Grade 5 or above in GCSE physical education.

Year 12

Applied anatomy and physiology – advanced anatomy for sporting performance.

Skill acquisition – how we process and develop key sporting skills and techniques.

Sport and society – the use of sport for escapism, health and fitness and its wider impact in and on society.

Year 13

Exercise physiology and biomechanics – how the body works with internal and external forces in performance and how we can push the boundaries to improve individual and team performance.

Sport psychology – how the mind is worked, developed and used to assist and enhance sporting performance.

Sport society and technology – historical aspects of sport and its development into the 21st Century, including the enhancements and developments of technology to develop sports for performers, coaches and spectators.


Two written examinations at the end of Year 13.

Paper 1 is a written exam lasting 2 hours, worth 35% of the final grade.

Paper 2 is written exam lasting 2 hours, worth 35% of the final grade.

A non-exam practical performance. Students will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. This includes written/verbal analysis of the performance. This is an internal assessment with external moderation, worth 30% of the final grade.

Why study sport?

Sport is of particular value to those hoping to pursue careers in coaching, sports management, sport psychology, physiotherapy, scientific research, sports development, sports marketing, event management, sport science and teaching.