The Physical Education course at A Level is suitable for students who are actively participating in sport and capable of studying a respected and academically rigorous subject.

Physical Education offers the chance to further develop skills of team work and critical evaluation. It combines well with subjects such as Biology and Psychology. It is also a popular combination with Chemistry, Physics, Computer Science and Mathematics for those wanting careers in the uniformed public services after university.

The Physical Education course is an excellent foundation for specialist study in physical education and sports science at university. It is also valuable for those considering careers in Teaching (including Primary Education), the Leisure Industry, Sports Coaching and Professional Sport.

The course gives students a clear appreciation of key issues in Physical Education including balanced, active and healthy lifestyles, a focus on performance in practical activity, and the opportunity to pursue particular areas of interest.

Topics covered include:

  • Physiological Factors affecting performance
  • Psychological Factors affecting performance
  • Social-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Practical Performance
  • Evaluating and Analysing Performance for improvement

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum Grade 6 in Biology or PE at GCSE (or equivalent).

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