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Entry Requirements

Students must have achieved a minimum of a Grade 6 in GCSE Physical Education as well as a Grade 66 in GCSE Core Science/Additional Science for entry onto this course

About the course

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.
Have you ever wondered... How your personality affects your performance? How you could become an elite sports performer? Why some people can run faster than others? Why people take drugs in sport? Then A level PE is for you!
Studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and others' everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

Physical Education

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Possible future careers...

Year 12 Topics

Applied Anatomy and Physiology; skeletal/muscular/cardiovascular and respiratory systems.
Exercise Physiology; Diet, nutrition and ergogenic aids, preparation and training methods.

Sport and Society; Emergence and evolution of modern sport/sport in the 21st century/global sporting events
Contemporary Issues; Ethics & deviance/commercialisation & media/routes to sporting excellence/ modern technology

Skill Acquisition; Classification of skills/types and methods of practice/transfer of skills/learning theories/ stages of learning, guidance and feedback/memory models.
Sports Psychology; Individual differences/group and team dynamics and goal setting in sport,

Goes well with...

Biology, Geography, Maths, English Language

Year 13 Topics

EAPI preparation

Sport Psychology; Attribution in port, confidence and self- efficacy in sport, leadership in sport and Stress management to optimise performance.

Applied Anatomy and Physiology;Energy for exercise, recovery.
Exercise Physiology; Injury prevention and rehabilitation, training methods.


The A Level Physical Education specification content is divided into four components. Components 1-3 are assessed via 3 written examination papers.
Component 4 is internally assessed over the two years of the course and then externally moderated. All practical performance aspects are take place off the school site in the students sporting setting. Video evidence is obligatory.

Paper 1; Physiological Factors Affecting Performance; 90 marks 2 hours written paper (30% of grade)

Paper 2; Psychological Factors Affecting Performance 60 marks 1 hour written paper (20% of grade)

Paper 3; Socio-cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport 60 marks 1 hour written paper (20% of grade)

NEA; Performance in Physical Education; 60 marks 30% of grade. (Performance or Coaching -one sport assessed out of school. Evaluation and Analysis of performance for Improvement - EAPI)

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