A-Level PE

Why PE?


This course provides students with a programme aimed at understanding and evaluating sport and physical activity.  Strong emphasis is placed on the application of theory to practical issues such as participation, performance and skill acquisition. If you love playing and watching sport, keeping fit and healthy and are interested in how the body works, you will enjoy this course.


What can I expect?


The Exam: The exam element of the course is worth 70% of the final grade. The majority of your lessons will be theory based.Content includes; applied anatomy and physiology, Skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport in society, exercise physiology, sport and society and sport and technology.This is assessed through three separate exam papers.

The practical: The practical element of the course is worth 30% of the final grade. The student is assessed in one sport, as either a performer OR coach.


They must also complete a piece of coursework, this is an oral speech in which pupils are asked to evaluate and suggest improvements to a practical performance in their chosen sport.


What do I need?


You must be a competent performer in one sport and play sport outside of school to take this course.  You need to have a genuine interest in sport and physical education. The course is theory based and hard work is definitely required.  A Grade 4 in GCSE PE is required to take this A Level subject.


What about the future?


A-Level PE is excellent  preparation for university, you will have to work independently and be responsible for much of your practical grade. It sits very well with Biology, Physics and Psychology as there are cross over topics on these courses.   A-Level PE is an excellent academic qualification for those considering studying it further at university or perhaps wanting a career in the sport industry. Past students have gone on to university, become physiotherapists, personal trainers, sport coaches, PE teachers, joined the army, become professional sports people, managers of leisure facilities and sports psychologists.