Physical education

Physical Education A level

The work that we do in A level physical education equips students with the knowledge and skill set to pursue a career in the sports industry. The breadth of study is wide and offers subject matter of interest to all students, whether they prefer to analyse how the body systems interact to allow sports movements, or whether they enjoy analysing the mind of an athlete and the psychology of a sports performer. The course of study complements many other A level choices within school.

A Level Physical Education

Students following an A Level course in physical education are given an opportunity, through experiential learning to develop an understanding of the physiological and psychological processes which underpin performance in physical activity. The course is assessed through practical ability to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills in a fully competitive context. There is also a written examination.

Curriculum outline The A level PE course consists of two examined papers (70%) and a practical performance in one chosen sport (30%). The examined units consist of study in topics such as applied anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport in society and technology in sport.


Level 3 BTEC Sport

The Level 3 Sport course takes a learner-centered approach to the curriculum, with a unit-based structure. A range of assessment methods give learners a flexible learning experience. Learners will have to demonstrate practical competency in two chosen sports; undertake career application activities; learn about healthy, active lifestyles through a controlled assessment; and undertake an exam on the anatomy and physiology of the human body.

I am amazed by the wide spectrum of elements that make up a sports performance. This makes the studying interesting.
Year 12 student

Potential career paths and further study

Students studying physical education often follow a number of pathways after the completion of the course. It opens up higher education courses in sports related courses including: sports science, sports coaching, sports management and more. Students have also been known to use the A level to access physiotherapy and sports massage courses and teaching.

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I enjoy cycling and I was keen to find out more about the science behind the sport
Year 12 student