Physical Education

Have you ever wondered why some people can run faster than others, how your personality affects your performance. How you could become an elite sports performer, why people take drugs or how new technology can help you? If you want to know the answers to these sorts of questions then A Level Physical Education is for you. A Level PE will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an excellent opportunity for students.


This is an interesting and challenging learning experience, linking key sporting ideas with practical performance. The study of A Level Physical Education opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject It is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports  management, healthcare, physical education and it can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.


 What will you be learning?

Joints movements and muscles, types of contractions, analysis of movement,        cardiovascular system, respiratory system, diet and nutrition, ergogenic aids, aerobic training, strength training, flexibility training, periodisation, acute and chronic injuries, injury prevention, rehabilitation,  biomechanics, fluid mechanics, skills, practice, stages of learning, guidance, feedback, memory, team dynamics, goal setting, confidence, leadership, stress management, modern sport, ethics,  commercialisation, media, routes to sporting excellence and modern technology.


Paper 1: Physiological factors affecting performance (2 hours) 30% of A Level

Applied anatomy and physiology

Exercise physiology



Paper 2: Psychological factors affecting performance (1 hour) 20% of A Level

Skill acquisition

Sports psychology


Paper 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport (1 hour) 20% of A Level

Sport and society

Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport


Practical performance in physical activity & sport – 30% of A Level

Students are assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity (15% of non-exam assessment).

Written/verbal analysis and evaluation of performance (15% of non-exam                assessment).


Entry requirements

Five 9-6 GCSEs, including 6 grade in the   theory component of GCSE physical           education.


If you did not do GCSE PE, a 6 grade in GCSE science.