Physical Education

Studying A Level physical education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.

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Entry requirements

What you learn

Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a greater understanding of what it takes to achieve elite sporting performance.

A Level PE takes a range of concepts from anatomy and physiology, psychology, biomechanics, skill acquisition and history of sport, making it one of the most recognisable, well-rounded subjects to study at A Level.

The Course Structure

Assessments

 Paper 1: Factors Affecting Participation in Physical Activity and Sport

 What’s assessed

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

 How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of A Level

 Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Paper 2: Factors Affecting Optimal Performance in Physical Activity and Sport

What’s assessed

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

 How it’s assessed

  • Written exam: 2 hours
  • 105 marks
  • 35% of A Level

 Questions

  • Section A: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section B: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
  • Section C: multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Non-exam assessment: Practical Performance in Physical Activity and Sport

 What’s assessed

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

 How it’s assessed

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • 90 marks
  • 30% of A Level

Potential Careers

  • PE teacher
  • Personal training
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports coaching
  • Sports development

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
Physical Education A Level 6+ PE (if taken) and 6+ Science Must be involved in a sport as a performer or coach

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.