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Sport Studies A Level at The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough

Course description

The broad nature of the course, both scientific and humanity based, means that sports studies can be combined with a wide variety of disciplines at A Level. The course will enable students to develop further personal skills such as problem solving, communication skills, independent research, report writing, statistical analysis and decision-making. This combination of skills means that A Level sports studies is now recognised by the majority of universities for matriculation purposes.

Course content

A Level Sport Studies is a two-year course and consists of two units. All candidates will select one practical activity either as a performer or coach.

Unit 1 – (70% Overall mark – Theory Element)
- Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport – 2 hour exam (35% of Overall mark)
- Content: Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology Section B: Skill acquisition Section C: Sport and Society
- Type of Questions: Each section has (35 Marks) including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing
- Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport – 2 hour (35% Overall mark)
- Content: Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics Section B: Sport psychology Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
- Type of Questions: Each section has (35 Marks) including multiple choice, short answer and extended writing

Unit 2 – (30% Overall Mark – Practical/Analysis Element)
- Non Exam Assessment: Practical Performance in physical activity and sport (Assessed as a performer/coach and provide written/verbal analysis of performance) (30% Overall Mark)
- Content: Internal assessment/external moderation and written/verbal analysis of performance (90 Marks) 45 Marks – Practical Performance 45 Marks – Written/Verbal Analysis of Performance

Entry requirements

A Level Sport Studies is an extremely challenging course and we strongly advise in addition to the standard QEHS entry requirements that students have a minimum of two B grades or above in Science GCSE subjects, in either GCSE / Level 1/2 Certificate (IGCSE for UK Schools) or grade B in GCSE Science and Additional Science. Due to the practical content students must be able to perform or coach one sport to a high level.

Future opportunities

With the move towards greater leisure time, there are now far more opportunities in the sports science industry. This combined with a course structure, which provides a sound academic basis, means that A Level sports studies, is relevant for a variety of employment opportunities/university pathways.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Queen Elizabeth's High School, Gainsborough directly.

Last updated date: 03 March 2017

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