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A Level PE

About the course:

A Level Physical Education combines 7 areas of study across 2 years.  These range from Anatomy and Physiology to Psychology in Sport and Analysis.  The course has been designed to lead into a huge variety of careers in both the sporting and science industries.  It combines practical performance with theoretical application and is often considered as a science by universities. Opportunities such as university laboratory visits, sporting expert seminars and elite performance visits are all part of this exciting and diverse A level


What does this qualification cover?

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition 
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • Sport psychology 
  • In addition, students will be assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity


How will it be assessed:

Students will sit two external exams, which each last for two hours and these will account for 70% of your total grade. Your practical performance will be assessed in your chosen activity which accounts for 15% of your total grade. You will also complete an analysis of your own performance which will account for the final 15% of your grade.


What is expected of you:

• commitment to Sport – representing either the school or an external club
• enthusiasm for participating and coaching in sport
• ability to study independently


What it prepares you for:

A Level Physical Education is unique in the sense that it opens so many doors into the sport and science world.  A Level PE students go on to study and work in a huge range of fields from sports nutrition, sports psychology, sports science, physiotherapy, teaching and many non-sports based tracks.


Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSE grades 4+ including both English and Maths
  • GCSE PE Grade 5


Subject Details:

AQA Advanced Level GCE in Physical Education

QAN Code: 601/8633/1.


For more information please speak to:

Mr Reed – Subject Lead for PE

Mr Wooding – KS5 Lead