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Physical EducationA Level

Physical Education ‘A’ Level is an interesting and challenging course for those who are interested in improving both their practical performance and their understanding of factors affecting it. Students will also be required to analyse and coach others in PE.

A widely accepted course at universities which gives students the opportunity to gain an insight into the minds and bodies of all types of athlete. Physical Education covers a wide range of topics in which a variety of skills are developed, from team work, to performance analysis, to psychological reasoning and debate.

  • PE isn't easy but it challenges me in a variety of different ways because the topics are so different.
  • I find the course really challenging but love the fact that we back up what we learn with practical sessions -- it suits me and the way I learn."
  • I really like the fact that the three units within PE are so different - they give you a chance to explore all the different aspects of PE and sport."
  • This course is really well suited to those who want to be stretched both academically and practically - its not easy but I love it!!"

Course Content

Anatomy and Physiology

Impact of physical activity on the systems of the body, physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

Skill Acquisition

The relationship between skill, strategy and body and mind readiness and effective performance.

Socio-Cultural Studies

Physical activity as an intrinsically valuable and necessary experience in contemporary society, physical activity and its impact on young people and a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

Comparative Studies

Factors that affect participation and improve competence in, physical activity in each of the United States of America and Australia as compared to the United Kingdom.

Sports Psychology

Sports psychology factors, such as individual differences and group dynamics

Exercise and Sport Physiology

Physical activity and how physical competence may be improved as a result of sustaining a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education

Candidates are assessed in one chosen activity. This must be one of the activities that they were assessed in at AS Level in Unit G452

Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education.


Key Facts

  • Course Level A Level
  • Assessment Breakdown Examination 70% Coursework and practical 30% Practical assessment in two activities from different activity areas plus EPIP (verbal assessment) to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of student's strongest sport
  • Assessor OCR
  • Entry Requirements Minimum 5+ Levels 4-9. 6+ in Physical Education GCSE
  • Online Learning Materials Interactive courses on our VLE including forums and online assessment

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