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Physical Education

In Physical Education the students build on their experience from Key Stage 4 GCSE and BTEC Sport to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The content is designed to follow on from GCSE Physical Education and therefore facilitates a smooth transition from one to the other.

The sports industry is developing at an unprecedented rate of growth. The content of this specification will address current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialism of sport.

This qualification looks to equip students with the skills and knowledge required for higher education or/and the world of work. It acknowledges that physical education is a social need and looks educate students regarding the contributions they can make to society.

Course Content

Year 12 Course Content (AS Level where applicable pre-reform)

The AS course consists of two units:

Unit 1

Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. In this unit we learn to understand how the body and its systems can help to lead a healthy and active lifestyle. This unit includes the following topics: Health, Exercise and Fitness; Nutrition; Anatomy and Physiology; Skill Acquisition; Opportunities for Participation and School PE and Sport.

Unit 2

Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in adopted roles. This unit involves applying your knowledge and understanding from the theoretical unit, in order to develop and improve performance. Students will be assessed in two different roles. You will be able to analyse your own and others performance in order to refine skills and to improve. The roles include a performer, official or leader/coach. You can be assessed in one activity or more of your choice. You could therefore be assessed as a coach in football and an umpire in tennis, without actually performing yourself!

Through practical activities you will learn about physiological factors which contribute to effective performance e.g. fitness testing and training methods. You will also cover factors contributing to effective acquisition of skills in practical situations, such as teaching styles and feedback.

Year 13 Course Content (A Level where applicable pre-reform)

The A2 course requires the study of two further units:

Unit 3

Optimising Performance and Evaluating Contemporary Issues within Sport. This A2 unit examines applied physiology, psychological aspects and contemporary influences, which can optimise performance. This includes topics such as; energy systems, sports injuries, aggression, leadership, world games and commercialism.

Unit 4

Optimising Practical Performance in a Competitive Situation. In this unit students are assessed on their performance in one of the following roles; performer, official, leader/coach, in their chosen activity. Students will also be expected to analyse and critically evaluate their own or others performance and suggest strategies for improvement. This can be assessed through a verbal discussion or written notes.

Entry Requirements

It is strongly recommended that you have studied GCSE PE or BTEC Sport, and have a vested interest in sport. To succeed at Advanced Level PE you will need to have coped well at GCSE level because advanced courses are more demanding. Normal entry requirements would be a grade B for your GCSE theory paper or a BTEC Sport (Distinction). Due to the practical units it is expected that students pursuing A level PE are deeply involved in competitive sport as a performer.


The assessment is based on 60% written examination marks and 40% practical activities. You will be assessed in your choice of sports in two roles from: player/performer, official or coach. There is no written coursework. There is one AS PE examination and one A2 PE examination.

Financial Information

There is a compulsory residential field work element to this course. 

The Academy will not charge for books, materials, equipment and instruction in connection with the National Curriculum or Statutory Religious Education taught at school, except where parents have indicated in advance their wish to purchase the product.

Exam Charging Policy:

–  Students with less than 85% attendance may, under the discretion of the Sixth Form Office, be asked to pay for their exam entry.

–  Exam resits that are made at the request of the post 16 students will be charged at full price.

–  When it is not possible to obtain a refund, full price will be charged to students for:

    –  the Summer Exam entry, if they withdraw from the subject after 20 April.
    –  non-attendance at an exam without good reason.

BTEC students, who leave the Academy prior to the conclusion of the course, will be charged £50.


Future Opportunities

This qualification can lead onto higher education, to pursue a career in teaching or coaching, professional sport, work in the leisure and tourism industry, recreation management, work in the health and fitness industry, Physiotherapy, Sports Psychology, Sports Science, Sports Sociology, Physical Education, Sports media, and much more!

Further Information

The focus of the course is the performer and performance. The course involves interaction between the theory and practice of physical education. It aims to provide you with the knowledge and understanding to improve your own level of performance.

Practical coursework involves students being assessed in two different roles for AS, and can specialise in one role at A2 level. Roles include; performer, official or leader/coach. Students can be assessed in these roles in their choice of practical activities. We offer an extensive range including; football, swimming, trampolining, skiing, hockey, orienteering, netball etc.