Physical Education

Physical Education

“This course has really helped me understand how my performance in sport is affected by the many physical, psychological and social factors.”

Subject Specific Entry Criteria

  • Grade 5 in GCSE PE (if studied)
  • Grade 5-5 in GCSE Combined Science


Exam Board

Units Studied

  • 35% – Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity in sport
  • 35% – Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
  • 30% – Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport


Course Information

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform in a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through academic study, improve your performance through application of the theory. Physical Education is studied through a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.


Possible Career Paths

A Level Physical Education is an excellent qualification for those interested in working in the sports or the leisure industry. Possibly careers include Sport Science, Physical Education Teaching, Physiotherapy and Fitness  training.


Extra Curricular

Training and supporting school clubs and teams, football, netball, fitness suite