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An A Level in Physical Education provides an excellent basis for study for jobs in education, leisure, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and social services.  Through this course, you will have the opportunity to experience and further develop your interest in your current role as a high performing sports performer or coach. You will enhance your knowledge and understanding of the modern day sporting arena and current developments in sports, such as the impact of new sports technology, sport specific rehabilitation and the use of ergogenic aids.



Factors affecting Participation in Physical Activity & Sport

This section covers applied anatomy & physiology, skill acquisition and sport and society.

e.g. Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Neuromuscular system, Principles and theories of learning performance, Pre and post industrialisation sport.

(2 hour written paper worth 35%)


Factors Affecting Optimal Performance in Physical Activity & Sport

(2 hour written paper worth 35%)

This section covers exercise physiology & biomechanics, sports psychology and technology in sport.

e.g. Diet and nutrition, Aspects of personality, attitudes, arousal, and ethics, violence and drugs in sport.


Practical Performance in Physical Activity & Sport

Students are assessed practically as a performer or coach in one activity (15%) and complete a written analysis of their performance as well (15%).

(Internal Assessment worth 30% – externally moderated).



This A Level may give you access to courses and careers in Physiotherapy, Psychology, Sociology, Sports Management, Sports Science, Sports Coaching and Teaching.



Students who study PE must achieve five GCSE grades from 9 – 4 in a range of subjects, including a grade 5 in English and a grade 5 in Science.  It is not essential to have taken GCSE Physical Education but it would be hugely beneficial if you have undertaken the course. A good pass (grade 5) in the GCSE P.E. examination is beneficial. It must be stressed that you need to be competing or coaching at club standard in a sport outside of school already, due to the practical coursework expectations of this course.

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