Sport is a big part of my life and I chose to study A Level Sports Studies to learn more about the subject that I can apply to my elite sporting background, playing for Leeds Rhinos Academy. My teachers provide a lot of advice and guidance to the students which has helped improve my knowledge and understanding. I would thoroughly recommend the course to future students.

Muizz Mustapha

Muizz Mustapha

Course Description

Physical Education is a great subject to study at A Level for those that are interested in the world of sport. We look at the body in detail through two physiology units, looking at topics covering areas such as the respiratory system, sports injuries, and biomechanics/movement analysis. There are also topics such as aggression in sport and equal opportunities that look into the wider role sport plays in society.

Entry Requirements

Achieve 5 or more standard GCSE passes or higher (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for a course in a subject that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that they would have achieved at least a standard pass (grade 4) in that subject.

Students are required to play regularly and compete in a sport whilst studying their A Level.

Course Content

Paper 1 – Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
During this unit the emphasis is placed upon learning the basics of skill acquisition, sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, and ways in which a performer can train in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students will look in more detail at the ways in which exercise impacts upon the circulatory and respiratory systems as well as ways in which a performer can learn new skills. The unit will also look into biomechanical movement and technology used in physical activity and sport.

Paper 2 – Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
There are three key components to this unit – exercise physiology and biomechanics, sports psychology and sport, society and technology. These three aspects are taught separately and make up the final examination in this subject. All of the work done relates these three very different areas back to sport and sports performances, and can be intriguing and beneficial to sportspeople of all standards.

Non-exam assessment – Practical performance in physical activity and sport
Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. Therefore it is imperative that the student is actively taking part in a fully competitive version of their chosen physical activity. They will also have to produce a written/ verbal analysis and evaluation of their performance.


Paper 1
Written external examination: 2 hours, 105 marks.
This examination accounts for 35% of the overall
A Level grade.

Paper 2
Written external examination: 2 hours, 105 marks.
This examination accounts for 35% of the overall
A Level grade.

Practical performance
90 marks.

Students are internally assessed on their performance and written/verbal analysis of their performance by members of the PE department, and are externally moderated. This equates to 30% of the A Level grade.

Future Opportunities

The subjects students learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help them to be better at sport, no matter what the individual standard. This A Level also opens up a whole number of career options, for example as a PE teacher, sports coach, personal trainer, sports scientist, physiotherapist, nutritionist, or jobs within sports development.

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