PASS RATE: 95% IN 2019

If you are passionate about sport this is the course for you, over the two years you will learn to critically evaluate sport, develop communication skill and to work as a team.

This A Level looks at current sporting issues to help develop an informed scientific and human understanding of the key issues physical education currently faces. Throughout the course you will gain transferable skills such as; communication, decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, coping with pressure, problem solving and analytical skills.

PE is a recognised entry qualification to Higher Education and is of particular value to those wishing to pursue a career in Sports Science, Coaching, Sports Development, Therapy and Sport Psychology. There are also career opportunities in Teaching, Leisure Management, Sports Technology, Sports Journalism and the Armed Forces.

“I have found the course topics are interesting and new, but follow on nicely from GCSE. The network of sports staff and students are all very supportive.”

Physical Education A Level Student


In A Level Physical Education you will look at the following topics: 

  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Acquisition of practical skills
  • Socio-Cultural studies
  • Psychology of sport
  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise physiology
  • Performance in sport

Standard College entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including Maths and English Language or Literature.

A strong GCSE grade in Science (grade 5+) is advised. You should play a sport on a regular a basis.

Do I need to have taken GCSE PE to take it at A Level?

No, but it will certainly help if you have.

How will I be assessed?

You are assessed on both the theory and the practical elements. You sit an exam at the end of the theory units. For the practical, you are assessed in your sports performance and by an oral evaluation.

Can I coach or officiate?

Yes you can, if you are a skilled coach or official you can be assessed on that rather than performance.