A Level PE

Course Description

Our A Level in Physical Education develops knowledge, understanding and skills relevant to physical education. Students gain understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, and demonstrate their ability as either performer or coach.


Why should I study A Level PE?

If you are interested in sport and leisure, or are planning a career in any of the following; physical education, teaching, physiotherapy medicine, sports journalism, psychologists, sport science or sport psychology - this is the course for you.  This qualification complements many other subjects including Biology, Psychology, and the History of Sport.

What will I study?

A Level in Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This requires them to:

  • develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance
  • understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance
  • understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport
  • understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport
  • refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity/sport by developing skills & techniques and selecting and using tactics strategies and/or compositional ideas
  • develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance
  • understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness
  • improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with a curious and enquiring mind