An introduction to Physical Education A-level

A brief overview from our A-level teachers.

What does it involve?

A-level Physical Education allows students to gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or their chosen career. Areas covered by the course include Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Sport and Society, Exercise, Physiology and Biomechanics, Sport Psychology and Sport and Society and Technology in Sports.

The aim of the course is to provide an academic and theoretical understanding of Physical Education and sport. The course encourages development and an enhanced knowledge and skill level in a student’s chosen sport. In addition, the course explores contemporary sociological issues in modern sport, the effects of exercise and training on the body and compares and contrasts sport in different cultures.

How is it assessed?

Assessment involves two written papers and a practical performance in a physical activity or sport.

Which skills or qualifications do I need?

Students will require a Grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education. A good pass in Biology GCSE is also desirable.

University or employment prospects?

A-level Physical Education will equip students for undergraduate study in areas such as Physiology, Biomechanics, Psychology and Nutrition. The variety of practical roles also helps to strengthen students’ leadership skills and improve social development, both of which are highly transferable skills in a work environment.