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This course will give you a fantastic insight into the world of sports performance. You will examine current sporting issues to develop an informed scientific and human understanding of the key issues physical education currently faces.

You will learn why some people outperform others, mentally and physically. You will delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and the influence that modern technology is having on sport and sport performance. Through exercise physiology, biomechanics and practical coursework you will gain the knowledge to understand and improve both your own and others’ performance.

The combination of personal physical performance and academic challenge gives a complete grounding in the subject and allows acquisition of a diverse range of skills in the humanities and science areas. This provides a solid foundation on which to build a future career and makes it suitable to combine with most other subjects.

Throughout the course you will gain transferable skills such as; psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, coping with pressure, problem solving, decision making, communication 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 chose to study A Level PE because it offers a great blend of Science, Psychology and Sociology with a clear focus on their impact in sport. The course is varied and much more detailed than the GCSE PE course I did.

Andrew Power, PE Student



On this course you will look at the following topics: 

  • Psychology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Exercise Physiology: training programmes, nutrition, ergogenic aids, sports injury
  • Biomechanics: force, projectiles, angular motion, linear motion
  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Socio-Cultural Issues: drugs, cheating, violence, commercialisation, Olympics
  • Practical Sport: performance and oral in one sport of your choice from OCR list of sports


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

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.

Wendy and Martin, my two PE teachers, have been extremely supportive in helping me to manage my workload. PE still remains one of my favourite subjects because of the huge diversity in it; from Biology to History to Psychology and Physics (plus many more subjects). The lessons are enjoyable and always very engaging.

Emily Evans, PE student