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Physical Education A Level

This course looks at Physical Education from both a theoretical and practical perspective. There is a strong academic focus to the course and opportunities for practical performance within lessons are limited.

It is expected that you will be actively involved in a competitive sport and you will have the chance to develop your practical skills outside of lessons.

What does the course involve?

This A Level provides you with an informed scientific and human understanding of the key issues in Physical Education today. There are three main theory units:

  • Physiological Factors Affecting Performance.
  • Psychological Factors Affecting Performance.
  • Socio-Cultural Issues.

The Physiology unit has the heaviest weighting and therefore this course includes a substantial science element.

The course has a strong academic focus. You will have four lessons each week and be expected to supplement your classroom learning with independent study. This study is a compulsory part of the programme and is structured into regular directed study tasks.

It is essential that you are a competent practical performer. The practical assessment contains performance within a competitive environment and a verbal evaluation and analysis of performance. Both hold equal weighting and provide 30% of the final grade.

A Level PE theory lesson

A Level PE theory lesson


There are no compulsory visits, but you may have the opportunity to attend conferences, events and lectures.

What can you do after the course?

A Level Physical Education will develop your understanding of the subject and be an asset when applying for courses in sport, leisure and recreation.

It is also accepted on applications for a wide range of other courses at higher education.