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What A-levels do you need to study sports science?

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If you're thinking of studying a sports science degree at university, here are some of the A-level subjects you might want to take into consideration when it comes to options time.

A-level subjects for sport science

What A-level subjects are needed or essential for sports science? 

Requirements vary from course to course, but many universities will expect you to have at least one science subject or physical education. 

Most courses want to see an A-level in: 

  • biology
  • chemistry
  • maths
  • physics

Some courses will treat physical education as a science equivalent.

What A-levels are useful for sports science 

  • physical education/sports science
  • psychology

Take a look at individual sports science courses on The Uni Guide to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending. 

Other typical A-levels taken by current sports science students

  • geography
  • business studies

Examples of sports science degree requirements

Below is a range of sports science degree courses offered by different universities and the A-level entry requirements they ask for (as of 26 April 2024). Bear in mind that many universities will make contextual offers for students who meet the eligibility criteria. These offers may have grade requirements close to or slightly below the typical offer.

University of Nottingham: 'A,A,A. At least two science subjects from the following: biology , chemistry, maths, physics, psychology. Human biology is considered on a case by case basis. A pass is required in science practical tests, if assessed separately.'

Brunel University London: 'A,A,B - B,B,B. Including one of the following subjects: Applied Science, Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Human Biology, Maths, Psychology, Sport Science, Sport Studies, Sociology, Physics or Physical Education.'

University of Aberdeen: 'A minimum of 3 A Levels at BBB - at least 2 from science or maths subjects. To be considered for entry into Second Year, a minimum of 3 A Levels at ABB, with AB from 2 science or maths subjects (including the subject(s) nominated for Honours - an A in the subject for Single Honours or AB in the subjects for Joint Honours). Also required: GCSE at C or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.'

Which university do students rate the best for sports? 

In a survey by Which? University, students were asked how they rate the sports facilities and range of activities on offer at their university. See which universities have the top-rated sports scene.

Take a look at individual sports science courses on The Uni Guide to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending.  


Other similar degree subjects

Similar subjects may have different A-level requirements to sports science, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements of specific courses before you finalise your choices.

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