A-LEVEL Physical Education


This course covers a diverse range of topics. You will discover how the body works, learn about the health benefits of physical activity and how performance can be enhanced, analysed and monitored. You will study sport psychology,
nutrition, injury prevention and management, and the sports industry.

Sport and Fitness is a fast-growing business. Whether your goal is working for a football club, becoming a personal trainer, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are multiple career opportunities. PE goes well with other subjects; for a career in PE, you might also consider taking Biology or Psychology.


Subject requirements:
Minimum GCSE of 6 in a Science subject and preferably a 6 in PE (if studied).

Teacher to contact - Ms K Motson
PE Area Coordinator - Mr B Sindell 
PE Curriculum Assistant - Mrs A Schwiening

Course Content:

Year 12
Factors affecting participation in sport
Section A: Applied physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition and sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society

Year 13
Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport, society and technology in sport.

Assessment Criteria:

The A-Level Physical Education is 70% theory and 30% non-exam assessment (practical performance), of which 15% is based on students assessed in the role of player/performer or coach, and 15% is analysis and evaluation of performance.

Practical/Coaching Examination: A combination of multiple choice, short and extended questions.
Activities for assessment: Boxing, Football, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Equestrian, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Rugby, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball.

Students are assessed as a player or coach in the full-sided version of one activity (15%)
Written/verbal analysis of performance (15%).

Exam Board: AQA
A-Level: 7582

Are you interested in:

  • Sport in all its forms?
  • Analysing and improving performance?
  • Performing practically?
  • Coaching?
  • Improving health and fitness in the community?

Leading to a career in:

  • Sport Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Journalism
  • Teaching

This subject goes well with:

  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Business

Click below to learn about the course from Physical Education student, John.


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