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Physical Education (PE)

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Physical Education (PE)
Code Physical Education
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This is a very popular ‘A’ level taken in thousands of schools all over the country and is well respected by institutes of Higher Education. We are offering the full A-level to our students and all exams will be sat at the end of the 2 year course.

Sport and PE combine well with almost all subjects due to the wide range of study areas involved, but are particularly suited to combine with Biology, Maths, English, Psychology and  Sociology. 

Association Football                 Cycling (track or road)            Hurling                                    Skiing

Amateur Boxing                        Dance                                        Kayaking                                 Snowboarding

Athletics                                     Diving                                         Lacrosse                                 Squash

Badminton                                Equestrian                                Netball                                     Swimming

Basketball                                 Gaelic Football                         Polybat                                     Table Tennis

Blind Cricket                             Goal Ball                                    Powerchair                              Football Tennis

Boccia                                         Golf Rock                                 Climbing                                   Trampolining

Camogie                                     Gymnastics                             Rowing                                      Volleyball

Canoeing                                    Handball                                 Rugby League or Union         Wheelchair Basketball

Cricket                                         Hockey                                    Sculling                                     Wheelchair Rugby


Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

This section takes in three areas: Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.

The different body systems will be covered in great detail in the context of sport and the effects of diet, ergogenic aids and different types of training. The three energy systems and biomechanical analysis are also included.

Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

This section takes in two areas: Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology.

It looks at the learning of movement skills, taking into account different methods of practice, guidance and feedback. It will also cover individual differences, like personality and attitudes, as well as group and team dynamics.

Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues

This section takes in two areas: Sport & Society and Technological Influences.

The emergence and evolution of modern sport is studied alongside more modern issues like ethics, deviance and the role of modern technology.

Component 4: Performance within Physical Education

In this section students are assessed in their practical performance (or as a coach) in one sport and an Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) task that is done verbally.

This is assessed internally by teachers and moderated externally. It is worth 30% of the qualification.



Component 1 30% 2 hour written paper

Component 2 20% 1 hour written paper

Component 3 20% 1 hour written paper

Component 4 30% Performance (or coaching) in one sport and an EAPI Task 

How will it be delivered?

Examinations & Coursework

Entry requirements

Overall Entry Requirements:

6 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including an English and Maths.

Course Specific Entry Requirements:

Students must have a keen interest in sport and participate in physical activity on a regular basis, playing a sport at club level. The ability to research different theoretical concepts is essential, applying practical examples whenever possible. Strong writing skills are advantageous as the exam paper contains questions that require an essay style answer. If you enjoy playing and watching sport, as well as reading about wider sporting issues then this could be the course for you.

Students must achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE PE, including a grade 6 on the theory papers, plus grade 6 in English Language, Maths and Science. Students must also be competing in a sport from the approved list of activities outside of school. For students who didn’t take GCSE PE in Year 11 then GCSE Science, English and Maths results will be taken into account.

Your next steps...

A-level PE is held in high regard by Institutions of Higher Education. Students can go on to study PE

related subjects, like Sport and Exercise Science, or enter courses from different fields of study. This includes subjects with the Medical disciplines and Physiotherapy. There are currently students at Universities all over the UK who entered with PE as one of their qualifications. Others have moved successfully into employment in a variety of jobs.


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