A Level

A Level

A Level Physical Education

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 the skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

The course 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. 

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. 

Key Skills

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 extra-curricular club and recreational activities. 

Unit 1 - Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle.

Written examination:

2 hour paper 84 marks

60% of AS marks

30% of A level marks

Candidates are required to answer six structured questions in section A and one question in section B on a practical scenario. Section A will require candidates to answer two questions on each of applied exercise physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation. Section B will examine the application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation.

Unit 2 - Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s.

Internal assessment:

100 marks, external moderation. 

40% of AS marks

20% of A level marks

Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and in structured practice as either: A player/performer and in an adopted role or in two adopted roles.

Unit 3 - Optimising performance and evaluating

contemporary issues within sport

Written examination:

2 hour paper 84 marks

30% of A level marks

Candidates are required to answer 1 compulsory question & 2 out of 3 questions in each section. Section A assesses how exercise physiology can optimise performance. Section B assesses how the application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance. Section C evaluates contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer.

Unit 4 - Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation.

Internal assessment:

120 marks, external moderation

20% of A-Level

Section A (60 marks) is practically assessed, Section B & C (60 marks) is coursework based assessment.

Candidates are assessed on their ability to perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance in a competitive/performance situation as either a player/ performer or in an adopted role. Then using their knowledge and understanding candidates identify their weaknesses; suggest the causes of these weaknesses and the appropriate corrective measures.