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Physical Education (A Level)

Course Overview

Students will learn the following content across 2 papers as well as completing a non- examination assessment. 

Paper 1

  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society

Paper 2

  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Non- examination assessment

  • Practical performance
  • Analysis and evaluation (coursework)

Procedural knowledge (how to...):

  • Develop the ability to learn topics that are challenging.
  • Understand the difference between A01, A02 and A03 and what is needed in each question to gain marks.
  • Develop the ability to work effectively at home.
  • Develop revision tools to ensure revision is productive.
  • Learn how to write answers using the correct structure, grammar and punctuation.
Careers and Prospects 
  • A level PE has many link to careers including PE teaching, coaching, physiotherapy and many others.
  • Promoting inclusivity and diversity of all protected characteristics
  • Social development: Practice using a range of social skills in different situations
  • Confidence, Resilience and Knowledge: Mentally healthy, physically healthy, active lifestyle, healthy relationships.
Entry requirements:

5 in Maths and 5 in English Language, and significant sporting performance.

Qualities Required:

Academic Qualities

The A level course is 85% theory based (examination – 70%, coursework – 15%) and students must realise this is a very academic course. Students should have a love for Sport and exercise and be interested in all aspects of sport. They need to be well organised and be willing to work hard outside of lessons.

Sporting Performance and Participation

It is essential students are regularly training/ competing/ coaching in a sport of their choice. Students will be expected to independently gather video evidence against the practical coursework assessment criteria to support their mark. All video evidence must show students showcasing a number of skills in a full competitive situation. 

Links with other subjects:

Biology, Physics, Psychology, Food Technology, Sociology and History.

Exam Board:


Method of Assessment:
  • The final formal assessment will take place in the summer of Y13 where students will complete a 2 hour paper 1 and a 2 hour paper 2.
  • There will be a number of opportunities to sit full papers in full exam conditions to prepare students fully during exam and assessment weeks.
  • Regular assessments will be set throughout the year to look at student progress.
  • By Easter of Y13 practical performance and coursework marks will have been submitted.
  • Homework will be set every week to consolidate knowledge
  • This will be a mixture of past paper questions, quizzes, reading and research.
  • All homework will be explained in class and will also be set on Satchel One.