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

Is your career goal to become a top sports physio? Find out what qualifications you need to be on the right track.

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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 Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before attending. 


Other typical A-levels taken by current sports science students

  • geography
  • business studies

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    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 11 April 2018):

    Loughborough University: 'AAA including at least one of the following preferred subjects: Biology, Human Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Psychology, Sociology, History, Geography, Physical Education/Sports Science and English Literature or English Language. Some offers of AAB will be made to those with multiple A-Levels from the above list who also have exceptional supporting statements. Practical Science is not required.'

    St Mary's University, Twickenham: 'A levels B,B,C. UCAS tariff points 112
    80 points must be made up of 2 B grades at A2 including PE or Science and not including General Studies. The remaining 32 points may be made up using any qualifications including General Studies.’

    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 4/5)  or above in English or English Language, Mathematics and in either Chemistry, or Physics or Dual Award Science.'


    Watch now: How to choose your A-levels


    Which university do students rate the best for sports? 

    We surveyed over 8,000 students in the Which? University Student Survey 2017 to learn how they rate the sports facilities and range of activities on offer at their university. Find out here which university has the top-rated sports scene?

    Take a look at individual sports science courses on Which? University 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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