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A Level Sport Studies

Head of Department: Mrs R Keightley

Examination Board: AQA

Specification Code: 7582

Course Entry Requirements: GCSE Biology grade 6

A level Sport Studies builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in PE. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach. The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialization of sport. 

Course Content:

A level specifications in physical education should equip students with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This will require them to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people's involvement in physical activity and sport
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Course Assessment:

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Section A - Applied anatomy & physiology                                  Section B - Skill acquisition       

Section C – Sport & society            

Written exam 2 hours –35% A2

Practical performance in physical activity and sport: Students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity - 15% 

Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance – 15%

Internal assessment, external moderation – 30% A2

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

Section A – Exercise physiology & biomechanics                                 Section B – Sports psychology      

Section C – Sport & society & technology in sport            

Written exam 2 hours - 35% of A2

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