Physical Education, A Level

Health, Public Services and Care

Health, Public Services and Care
Health, Public Services and Care
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code SS16
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


This course looks at how an athlete optimises performance.  This includes how physiology imprints elite performance as well as studying psychological and Socio-cultural aspects of sport.  Students also look at analysis of performance in competition, identifying weaknesses and suggesting corrective practice to bring about improvement.

You must be a competent performer of one sport from the specification to undertake this subject.


Physical Education is studied over two years and made up of three units.  In each year students study 10 hours over two weeks (9 hours of theory lessons and one hour practical/analysis lesson).

Unit 1: covers factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Unit 2: covers factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Unit 3: covers practical performance in physical activity and sport.

Unit 3 involves students collecting video evidence of themselves performing in one practical sport in a full competitive context.  Evidence needs to be collected in accordance with the practical specification over the course of the wto years and will need to be submitted by March of Year 13 at the latest.  Students will also have to complete a piece of coursework as part of this unit.

How will it be delivered?

The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined in June of the second year of study.  Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students progression in Year 13 and their registration for the A Level exam.

The A Level exam will consist of  two 2 hour written exams and 1 practical performance which will be internally assessed and externally modified.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Physical Education or Grade 5 or above in GCSE Biology if not completed GCSE PE

Your next steps...

Our PE department has grown numerous national champions in a wide range of sports - the most famous probably being Michael Vaughan, the former England cricket captain.  More recently Cameron Dawson and George Long went on to become goalkeepers for Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United respectively.  Others have gone on to become leading lights in diving, basketball, badminson, dancing, water polo, golf, tennis and racketball.

A Level PE can help you access a variety of sports, related higher education courses and careers in Psychology, Journalism, Photography, Administration, Coaching, Leisure Management, Teaching, Physiotherapy and Fitness instructor.