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.


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.

Entry requirements

B grade in GCSE physical education or another science based subject.
I am amazed by the wide spectrum of elements that make up a sports performance. This makes the studying interesting.
Grace Forster

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
Ben Brown