Physical Education
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE to include a minimum of a grade 4 in Maths and English Language. However, due to the new GCSE grading, we do recommend that you are working towards at least a grade 5 in both Maths and English Language. Students must also have a grade C in Science and must be playing at least one fully competitive sport to a high level.
Start Date: Sept 2017
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

A Level PE is an academic course that has practical components. Students will participate in their chosen sports and can be assessed in these. The grade will contribute towards a final examination result.

Study of Physical Education at A Level will enhance your knowledge and experience of PE and Sport, as well as giving you a deeper understanding of health issues. This A Level offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of and participation in sport, play, leisure and recreation, allowing you to study movement, performance and behaviour in relation to PE.


What will I learn?

Units 1- 3 are theoretical areas including anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation.

Unit 2 is the practical element; you will participate in 2 practical activities. You can choose to  perform, officiate or coach your chosen sport/s.

A level PE students must play at least 2 sports to a very high level. One of the sports should be at least county standard or equivalent.

How will the course be assessed?

60% is assessed by external exam. This written paper is taken during the summer term.

40% is assessed internally with an external moderation normally in May.


PE students are expected to undertake additional practical training and playing in their chosen sports in their own time to maintain and improve their skill levels. Students will have a minimal charge for team building activities, trips and visits.


The College recently launched a multi-million pound sport facility to include a high tech, 3G pitch and multi use games area (MUGA) with an extended fitness suite. Students will also have access to a spacious six court sports hall with climate control.


Progression and Careers

Former students of this subject have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including Loughborough University, the University of Northumbria, Lancaster University, the University of Leeds and Liverpool John Moores University. They are reading exciting and challenging degree programmes such as PE Teacher, Sport Psychology, Sports Management and Coaching, Biomedical Sciences, and Primary and Secondary Education with QTS.


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