Physical Education

A Level Physical Education will build on your experience at GCSE to enhance your knowledge and increase understanding of the factors that affect  performance and participation in physical education. The qualification aims to equip you with the skills and knowledge required for Higher Education  or the world of work. The content of this course addresses topics such as: anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and the use of technology in  sport to enhance performance.

Subject content

The first year is divided into two distinct modules: factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport and practical performance in physical  activity and sport. The second year is divided into three distinct modules: factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport, factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport and practical performance in physical activity and sport.

Click on the link below to view AQA actual course specifications

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/physical-education/as-and-a-level/physical-education-2580/spec-at-a-glance

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in Biology or Combined Science.
Additionally, success in A Level PE is heavily reliant on students playing competitively or coaching regularly in sport.

Assessment

You will be assessed at the end of the A Level course by examinations. Paper 1 covers Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition, and Sport and  Society. Paper 2 covers Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Sport Psychology, and Technology in Sport. You will also be assessed practically in your  chosen sport.

Progression opportunities

You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare you for sports-related courses in Higher Education. Alternatively, you may wish to  progress into employment within the sports industry.