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Physical Education

Why choose to study Physical Education?

A Level Physical Education is the study of human movement, performance and behaviour in relation to sport and P.E.  It takes a multi-disciplinary approach encouraging the development of a range of methods.  The course aims to provide greater knowledge, insight and understanding of activity as well as stimulating an interest in social and psychological aspects of performance. Physical Education develops transferable skills for progression to higher education providing a blend of scientific and social knowledge which would facilitate access to a wide range of degree courses in established universities. The emphasis on Biology and Physics components through Biomechanics enhances and supports an understanding of those subjects if studied at A Level.

Course outline:

The course is theoretically based, but some topics may be covered using practical examples.

Year 1



Type of assessment


Scientific Principles of Physical Education

Applied anatomy and physiology

Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis

External written examination in year 2

2 hours 30 minutes


Psychological and Social Principles

Skill Acquisition

Sport Psychology

Sport and Society

External written examination in year 2

2 hours


Year 2



Type of assessment


Practical Performance

Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer

Internally assessed, externally moderated


Performance Analysis and Performance Development Programme

Coursework style analysis of two components of a physical activity – one physiological and either a tactical or technical component.

Internally assessed, externally moderated



Essential student qualifications/abilities:

Grade C or above in Biology, Maths and English

A suitable level of fitness to be able to complete strenuous physical activity on a weekly basis

Desirable student qualifications/abilities:

An interest in Psychology and Biology, Proven success in Physical Education (not necessarily in GCSE PE)

The ability to work with peers and younger students

A willingness to spend extra time participating in one chosen sport outside of school hours

Higher education opportunities:

Studying A Level Physical Education demonstrates the development of good inter personal skills, as well as dedication, commitment and drive. With the emphasis on Science this a subject that can open the doors into almost any discipline at university, many of which do not have to be sport related. Such undergraduate degrees are Veterinary Science and certain aspects of engineering to identify just two.

Career opportunities:

Physiotherapist, Biochemist, Sport Lawyer, Biomedical Engineer, Sports Psychologist, Sports Journalist, Nutritionist, Radiologist

Essential Field Trips involving financial commitment:

There is an expectation that regular competitive sport will be played outside of school – ideally for a community club. This will require financial commitment in terms of registration and playing fees. Additionally there will be the opportunity to purchase A Level kit and potentially take part in a Sports Tour. Neither of these will be compulsory.

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