Sport A level

A level sport is the ideal course for any students with an interest or passion in all aspects of sports. The coverage of academic study in Anatomy, Biomechanics has strong links that compliment Biology and Physics, while 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 but also lends itself to developing opinions and in depth discussion on Drug use in Sport, Hooliganism, Elite Sporting progression and development of on a national and international stage.

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


A level sport

Awarding body AQA

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 5 or above in both maths and English. Grade 5 or above in GCSE Physical Education.

Year 12

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology – Advanced anatomy for Sporting performance (Development from GCSE PE)

Section B: Skill acquisition – How we process and develop key sporting skills and techniques

Section C: Sport and society – Use of Sport for escapism, health and fitness and its wider impact in and on society

Year 13

Section A: 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

Section B: Sport psychology – How the mind is worked, developed and used to assist and enhance sporting performance

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport – 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


A-Level is comprised of 3 components

Two written examinations at the end of Year 13.

  1. Paper 1 is a written exam lasting 2 hours, for 105 marks and is worth 35% of A-level
  2. Paper 2 is written exam lasting 2 hours, for 105 marks and is also worth 35% of A-level

3. NEA (Non – Exam Assessed) Practical Performance

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity.

This includes written/verbal analysis of performance.

This is an internal assessment with external moderation worth 90 marks and is worth 30% of A-level

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