- Course Overview
- Assessment & Examination
- Prior Knowledge
- Beyond The Course
- Entry Requirements
This course covers a wide range of topics related to Physical Education. The content of the course includes; Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Sport in Society and Technology in Sport. You will be able to apply your knowledge to the competitive sporting context in which you are performing. The students that most enjoy and flourish upon the course are those who are heavily involved in sport and physical activity, and those who have a genuine interest in all aspects of the sporting world.
Assessment & Examination
Assessment for the course is based upon three separate components, as shown below. The two examinations are each 2 hours in length, and include both short answer and extended questions.
Paper 1 - This examination is taken at the end of the course and is worth 35% of the total A Level. It covers factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport, which includes three sections on applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and sport in society.
Paper 2 - This examination is taken at the end of the course and is worth 35% of the total A Level. It covers factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport, which includes three sections on exercise physiology and biomechanics, sport psychology and sport in society and technology in sport.
NEA - The non-examined assessment is worth 30% of the total A Level. You will be assessed as the performer or a coach in a full sided competitive version of one of the listed sporting activities. In addition, you will be required to complete a written analysis of your performance.
You will only need basic stationery and a non-scientific calculator. There is also an expectation that you will be able to supply a visual recording of yourself taking part in your sport in a competitive situation.
It is expected that you have a passion for sport and regularly compete and/or coach in at least one sport. There is no expectation to have studied Physical Education previously, although this would be an advantage.
Beyond The Course
Students who study A Level Physical Education can access many opportunities after the course. This includes careers in sports science, physiotherapy, P.E. teaching, personal training, sports development and management, as well as professional sport. This qualification can also help you to access university courses including Sports Science, Nutrition, Sports Marketing, Teacher Training, Performing Arts, Dance and Psychology.
GCSE Level 6 in P.E. Students who have not studied GCSE P.E. will need to have a Level 6 in GCSE Science. All students taking P.E. must be playing competitively in one of the sports on the A Level specification, and must understand that it is their responsibility to provide video evidence of themselves competing in their sport for assessment purposes.
Entry to Sixth Form also requires:
- GCSE Level 5 in English Language or English Literature;
- GCSE Level 5 in Maths;
- Four other GCSEs at Level 5, in addition to English and Maths.