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Physical Education A Level

This course looks at Physical Education from a theoretical perspective with some applied practical elements. You need to be aware that the opportunity for practical performance is limited within the delivery of this programme.

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 in Physical Activity and Sport.
  • Performance in Physical Education.

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.


The Enrichment area of this website has more information about extra-curricular sporting activities, including the Sports Academies and Elite Athlete Support Programme.


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.

Dannie talks about studying A Level Physical Education