Physical Education A Level

“Intelligence and skill can only function at the peak of their capacity when the body is healthy and strong.” John F. Kennedy

Subject Leader:  Miss H Troiano, Ms S Foster

Subject Leader:  Miss H Troiano, Ms S Foster

A Level Physical Education provides a well-rounded and full introduction into the world of PE and sports science, a strong base for anyone wishing to further study the subject into further education, employment or training. The course focuses on the development and application of knowledge, competence and confidence in a wide variety of skills. Students will learn how Physical Education affects and contributes to society and also how to apply knowledge from this course to different practical situations or career choices.

Although not necessary to have studied the subject at GCSE, this is strongly advised as previously acquired knowledge of examination PE will underpin learning at this level. There is also an increase in the amount of scientific study, together with the inclusion of data analysis requiring mathematical skills.

Exam Board: AQA

Subject content: 

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition
  3. Sport and society
  4. Exercise physiology
  5. Biomechanical movement
  6. Sport psychology
  7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport


Paper 1:Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (35%)
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35%) 
Paper 3: Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) Practical performance in physical activity and sport (30%)

Possible Careers: A Level PE enables students to apply for higher education courses in sports science, sports management, healthcare or exercise and health. It also compliments subjects such as biology, human biology, nutrition, physics and sociology. As well as a range of career opportunities including: sports coaching, physiotherapy, sports Journalism etc.

Skills developed by A-Level PE students include analytical and evaluative skills, developed through both written and oral responses.

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