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Physical Education

A level Physical Education

A Level PE provides an opportunity to participate in and study human movement, mechanics, performance and behaviour in relation to physical education, sport and recreation.

At both AS and A Level the course is split 70/30 examination/coursework. 

The examination includes:

  1. Physiological factors affecting performance including Anatomy, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  2. Psychological factors affecting performance including Skill Acquisition and Sport Psychology
  3. Socio cultural themes including Sport and Society and Contemporary Issues

The coursework includes:

  • Practical performance or coaching in one sport.
  • Oral evaluation of performance for improvement.

Theory units studied at AS Level:

  • Skeletal and Muscular systems
  • Cardiovascular and Respiratory systems
  • Diet and Nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance
  • Preparation and training methods in relation to improving and maintaining physical activity and performance
  • Biomechanical principles, levers and the use of technology
  • Skill Acquisition (including principles of learning movements and types of practice)
  • Sport Psychology (including goal setting, motivation and personality types)
  • Sport and Society (including sport in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain)

Additional theory units studied at A Level:

  • Energy for Exercise
  • Environmental Effects on Body Systems
  • Injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury
  • Linear motion, angular motion, fluid mechanics and projectile motion
  • Memory models
  • Confidence, Leadership and Stress Management in Sport
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

What could I do next with A Level Physical Education?

A level Physical Education is now widely accepted in Higher Education. This new specification closely follows sport and exercise science at degree level.  It is a suitable qualification for many areas of study (e.g. Physiotherapy).   Former students of A Level PE have gone on to study medicine, engineering, teaching, psychology and professional sport.  Much of the knowledge gained will also improve an individual's life skills.

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Compulsory Physical Education Participation

In Year 12, it is compulsory for all students to participate in a minimum of 1 hour of physical activity per week, although there are ample opportunities to increase physical participation beyond this minimum requirement. 

At the start of the year, students are asked to choose which sport they would like to participate in on a Wednesday afternoon. This comes as two main options-


For students who want to play competitive fixtures against other schools and be involved in training sessions that require a higher skill set and will be more labour intensive. Sports included in this option are Rugby, Football, Netball and Basketball.


For students who want a slightly more relaxed approach to physical activity and are interested in increasing their overall fitness and ability, but not necessarily in a hugely competitive environment. Activities involved in this option are Social Football, Yoga, Fitness, Zumba, Table-Tennis, Volleyball, Badminton, Tennis, Rounders, Softball and Athletics.

Our ethos in the PE department is ‘Sport for All’ and we are keen for students to make the most of the opportunities available to them.  We encourage physical activity as a way of developing confidence, commitment and for stress-relief.  We are continually liaising with students about developing our physical activity provision and strive to offer as many opportunities as we possibly can.