Physical Education

Physical Education

Physical Education

Why study this course?

This course builds on the student's experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase
their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. This qualification looks to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. It offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2. The content of the course will address current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport. This Physical Education specification is designed to follow on from GCSE Physical Education, enabling a smooth transition from one to the other, although it must be emphasised that a GCSE in Physical Education is not a requirement for students wishing to follow this course.

How is the course structured?


  • Unit 1 - PHED1 Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active Lifestyle
  • Unit 2 - PHED2 Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s (100 marks) 40% of AS, 20% of A Level- Internal assessment with external moderation


  • Unit 3 - PHED3 Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within Sport 30% of A Level - 2 hour written examination 84 marks
  • Unit 4 - PHED4 Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation 20% of A Level Internal assessment with external moderation 120 marks

What are the entry requirements?

It is recommended that students who take this subject at A level have had some previous experience at GCSE level with a at least a C grade and a proven commitment towards sport and PE, with a particular strength in the theory element of the course. Alternatively, this course may be taken without having studied GCSE Physical Education, providing the student has a very good level of performance in practical Physical Education and at least a grade C in GCSE additional Science (with emphasis on the biology content) or a grade C in Biology.

What career paths would this course lead to?

A level Physical Education is an excellent addition to the student's UCAS application and is an asset to those wishing to pursue careers in recreation or sports management, leisure, sports psychology, physiotherapy, teaching, coaching and sports science.

What specific skills will I learn?

A Level Physical Education provides an opportunity to acquire Key Skills in Application of Number, Communication, Information and Communication Technology, Working With Others, Problem Solving and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

What Extra Opportunities are available?

Opportunities exist for students to be involved in some or all of the following activities:

Community Sports Leadership Award, Sports Teams such as Football, Rugby, Badminton and a host of extracurricular club and recreational activities.