A Level

Physical Education

  • Course type

    Level 3

  • Awarding Body

    Pearson

  • Duration

    2 years

Introduction to Physical Education

The scientific study of exercise, health and sport. The scientific study of exercise, health and sport is big business, from the riches of professional sports to the equally important personal fitness sector. The impact of sport on both our individual lives and the global economy cannot be overstated.

Entry requirements

  • Subject grades: option a

    GCSE grade 6 or Merit in Physical Education (or similar subject title) and 6 in Mathematics or a 6 in one Science.

  • Subject grades: option b

    GCSE grade 6 in English Language or English Literature, 6 in Mathematics or 6 in one Science, and 4 in Physical Education, if studied.

  • Required Admissions Score

    The indicative Minimum Entry Admissions Score for Physical Education is 58.

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About the Course

Are you interested in anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, diet and nutrition, skill acquisition and sports commercialisation?

A level PE will provide you with a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Whether you aspire to work within the sport sector or are looking for a varied, challenging and fun third subject, A level PE represents the first step towards your future career.

Our students go on to study sport-related courses at a number of the UK’s leading universities.

2023 Physical Education A level results

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51% of our students achieved A* to A

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73% of our students achieved A* to B 

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100% of our students achieved A* to E

Course information

Scientific Principles

  • Applied anatomy and exercise physiology (musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, energy systems, diet & nutrition and training principles).
  • Biomechanics (motion and forces applied to physical activity).

Psychological & Social Principles

  • Sport psychology (factors affecting performance - personality, arousal, anxiety, aggression, motivation and dynamics of group processes).
  • Skill acquisition (theories of learning & performance that underpin coaching principles).
  • Sport and society (impact of ethics on sport including deviance in sport, the growing influence of the commercialisation of sport and the relationship of sport & the media).

Practical Performance

  • Assessed as a performer or coach in one sport. You do not need to be a high-level performer to study A level PE.

Performance Analysis/ Development Plan

  • Technology underpins the whole course whether enhancing, analysing or monitoring performance (you’ll have access to university science labs and some of the latest equipment for analysing health and exercise).

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Hear from our students

The lessons are always really inclusive which is really good. There are lots of whole class discussions as well as small groups which helps you understand the concepts better as you hear other people's ideas.

Kane, Year 12 student

Quick facts

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148 year 12 and 13 students take Physical Education

4 hrs 20 mins

4 hours and 20 minutes of weekly in-class learning time

5 hrs

Students are expected to undertake 5 hours of homework for each subject, every week.