Physical Education A Level

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What will you be working towards?

Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Have you ever wondered ……

• Why some people can run faster than others?

• How your personality affects your performance?

• How you could become an elite sports performer?

• Why people take drugs?

• How technology can help you?

Study A Level Physical Education to find out the answers.

Are you...

• Wanting to influence the diet and exercise habits of the nation?

• Fascinated by the human body?

• Thinking of becoming a Physiotherapist?

• Wanting to become a strength and conditioning coach?

• Or do you just want to understand the ‘why’ behind sports performance?

If so, A Level Physical Education is for you.


Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide range of knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. You can use academic study to improve your performance through the application of theory.


Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts including how it impacts on both yours and others’ everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things and why some people out perform others mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport.


You will study topics including

  • Physiological factors affecting performance
  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Psychological factors affecting performance
  • Skill Acquisition


  • Sport Psychology
  • Social Cultural Issues in Physical Activity and sport
  • Sport and Society
  • Contemporary Issues



How will it be delivered?

• 70% Theory Exam completed at the end of the course.

• 30% Non-Exam practical assessment in your own sport split into 15% for one practical performance, as either a coach or performer and 15% for a performance analysis task.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE is recommended and students must gain a level 6 or above in GCSE PE. If students have not taken GCSE PE then Level 6 in Biology and English are recommended. Students should be competent practical performers in one or more physical activities.

All applications to Gravesend Grammar School Sixth Form must be made directly via our website. Our sixth form information evening is on Wednesday 13th January at 7pm, applications open on Thursday 14th January.

Your next steps...

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more. A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, are also useful in any career path you choose to take.