A Level Physical Education

Are you thinking of becoming a Physiotherapist? Wanting to influence the Diet and Exercise Habits of the nation? Fascinated by the Human Body? Aiming to become a Sports Psychologist? Interested in the History of Sport? Studying other Sciences? Or do you just want to understand the why behind sports performance? If so, A Level PE is for you.

Studying A Level PE opens students' eyes to the amazing world of sports performance. Through the two-year course, students are equipped with the knowledge, understanding and skills to develop their own performance and understand the how and why of physical activity and sport. In the course, Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts where students will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. Students will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of performance enhancing drugs and the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport today.

Alongside this, students will be examined in a coursework task which requires them to evaluate and improve performance in physical activity and a practical moderation which includes students’ performing or coaching in one sporting activity. It is important to note that the course does not involve practical lessons, therefore it is an essential requirement for students to be engaging on one sport regularly outside of school.

The breakdown of the A Level PE course is below:

Component One

Physiological Factors Affecting Performance– Written Exam – 2 Hours – 90 Marks – Worth 30%

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Component Two

Psychological Factors Affecting Performance– Written Exam – 1 Hour – 60 Marks – Worth 20%

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology

Component Three

Socio Cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport – Written Exam – 1 Hour – 60 Marks – Worth 20%

  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues in Physical Activity and Sport

Component Four

Performance in Physical Education - 60 Marks – Worth 30%

  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) – Verbal Assessment - 30 Marks
  • Practical Performance or Coaching in one sport – 30 Marks

More information linked to the GCSE PE course can be found on the link below:


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