A Level Physical Education

Why should I study Physical Education?

Studying Physical Education will give you an insight into all theoretical concepts of the sport you play. It covers the physiological, psychological, sociological and biomechanical aspects of sport and provides an in depth understanding of how to improve your own and others' performance. A Level Physical Education is a well-respected subject, combining well with other Science and Arts A Levels.

If you love sport, this subject gives you the opportunity to learn more about an area in your life which you already enjoy. If you want to further your interests in sport at University or for a career, the syllabus provides a diverse range of options in which to specialise in the future. Careers in sport relating to performance, coaching, management, marketing and business are increasing rapidly in many countries, especially in the UK and the USA.


What will I need to study Physical Education?

At least an A grade at GCSE Biology or an A grade equivalent in the Biology component of Dual Award Science is required. Ideally you will have studied GCSE Physical Education with at least an A grade.
An interest in sport and expertise in one sporting activity is also required.

Structure and Outline of the Course:

At A Level the theory course consists of seven sections; 

Anatomy and Physiology involves studying the cardio respiratory system, respiratory system, the skeletal and muscular system and energy systems.

Skill Acquisition will require learning about skill and the transfer of skills, theories of learning and performance, use of feedback and guidance, memory models and information processing.

Sport and Society will involve studying pre industrial, industrial, post-industrial and post-World War II Britain.

Exercise Physiology includes diet, training methods and injury. 

Biomechanical Movement involves studying biomechanical principles, levers, linear motion, angular motion, projectile motion and fluid mechanics.

Sport Psychology requires learning in personality, attitudes, arousal, anxiety, aggression, stress management, motivation, group dynamics, goal setting, attribution process, confidence and leadership. The course also covers violence in sport, drugs and law in sport.

The Role of Technology

The practical assessment involves being assessed in one activity as a player/performer. Plus analysing performance through an oral or written assessment.



Method of Assessment:

Paper 1:

35% of A Level – 2 hour written exam

Paper 2:

35% of A Level – 2 hour written exam

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport: 30% of A Level  

Student Comments:

"PE links in really well with my other subjects, it brings the body to life!"

"Studying PE has allowed me to look at sport in a new way; it reaches into so many areas."


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