A-level Physical Education draws on the disciplines of Human Biology and Psychology

The course also requires an understanding of the cultural context and historical development of sport.
The course involves both practical and theoretical work and these are linked wherever possible. You will participate in a range of sports and experiments, as well as studying the academic elements of the subject. It will be an advantage to be an above-average performer in at least one sport.

Why Physical Education?

  • This specification builds on the student's experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The qualification looks to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.
  • The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as a performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2.

 Any special requirements? 

At least a grade B/5 in each of GCSE Science, and Additional or Applied Science, or a minimum of two grades B/5 from GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics or Physical Education. Although useful, a GCSE in PE is not a requirement for students wishing to follow the course.

In addition, you will be required to be at a highly competent level as a coach, an official or a performer in at least one sport. 

What will I study and how will it be assessed?

AS -

Unit 1 - Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
The three theoretical sections assessed are: Applied Exercise Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Opportunities for Participation (60% of AS, 30% of A-level) 2 hour written examination
Unit 2 - Practical aspects of applied skills, fitness and training.
Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as a player/performer, official or coach. (40% of AS, 20% of A-level) Internal assessment with external moderation

A2 -

Unit 3 - Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport.
The three theoretical sections assessed are: How exercise physiology can optimise performance, how the application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance and contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer. (30% of A-level) 2 hour written examination
Unit 4 - PHED4 - Optimising performance in a competitive situation. (20% of A-level) Internal assessment with external moderation 


Further information 

Please click here for a course leaflet. If you would like further information about this subject please at: 

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