Sports Studies

Why study A Level Sports Studies?

Never has the study of sport and exercise science been as important as it is today, especially after the success of Team GB in the Rio 2016 Olympics. Sport has now become a major business where there is a demand for sports scientists, experts in biomechanics, sports psychologists and nutritionists. This is a fascinating and absorbing subject, which will set you up to study Sports Sciences, Sports Nutrition, Sports Physiotherapy or Sports Development at University, as well as many others.

What will I study?

Over the two year course students will be taught by three different teachers who focus on the biology of sport, the psychology of sport and how sport affects society. Students will be learning in a classroom environment where they will explore how the theory can be applied to a sporting situation.

In addition to this, students will need to undertake a practical role which they will be assessed on. This will contribute towards the overall A Level qualification allowing students to demonstrate their skills in a chosen activity in a fully competitive situation.

The A Level Qualification is assessed in the following way:

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  •   Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  •   Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal participation in physical activity and sport

  •   Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  •   Sports Psychology
  •   Sport and Society and Technology in Sport

It also involves a practical performance and written project – ‘Optimising Practical Performance in a Competitive Situation’ and then analysing it to suggest improvements. (Practical and Written Coursework)

Entry requirements

An enthusiastic interest in the subject and a commitment to conscientious study will bring success. A ‘C’ grade in Sports Studies at GCSE or equivalent is expected. Students need to be able to perform at a reasonably high level in a selected sport, or be able to coach a specific sport.

Course expenses

We are encouraging all students to purchase a revision guide, costing approximately £20, to support the course. Occasional day visits to Exeter University, and other courses as they become available will usually cost £5 to £10. We expect all students to attend courses which are part of the specification. There may be financial help available for those in need.

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