The course provides an academic and theoretical understanding of Physical Education and Sport. There are three main theoretical concepts and topics in A Level PE. The first is physiology, which includes applied anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics. The second component focuses on skill acquisition and sports psychology whilst the last investigates socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport. You need to be currently training and competing in your sport regularly, want to know more about how the body works and want to improve your own performance by developing a greater understanding of physiological factors that impact performance.
There are two written examination papers (70% weighting), a practical assessment in one activity where students can be assessed as either a player/performer, or a coach and an analysis and evaluation coursework module (30% weighting). All written papers include: multiple-choice; short open and extended writing questions for each section.
For success in A Level PE a Grade 6 in GCSE PE or a Grade 6 in GCSE Biology is required. It will be expected that all students have a keen interest in sport and the issues surrounding it. In addition, all students must regularly compete outside of school in at least one sporting activity which can be assessed at A Level. External students are required to submit video evidence for practical sports.
This could lead to a range of career opportunities such as: PE Teacher; sports psychologist; sports scientist; leisure and recreation manager; sports administrator; physiotherapist; conditioning coach; performance analyst; sports development manager and fitness professional.