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 AS9
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


Students develop knowledge in the physiological and the psychological factors that can affect improve and develop sports performance. Students will also develop knowledge of contemporary issues within PE and sport, and will gain an insight into the detailed analysis of sports performance.

There will be practical / written coursework as well as examinations at the end of the course.  


Course Content

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society
  • The impact of sport on society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sports psychology 
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport. Written examination. (35% of A level)

Component 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport. 2 hour written examination. (35% of A level)

Component 3: Non-examined assessment of practical performance in physical activity and sport. Written / verbal analysis and evaluation of performance in 3 areas of assessment. (30% of A level)

*Please note that in order to excel within the practical component of the course, regular competitive participation within sport (as a performer or coach) is highly recommended. Externally gained video footage of performance/coaching must be submitted.

Entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 in Physical Education / BTEC equivalent and a grade 5 in GCSE Science. Pupils must also regularly take part in at least one sporting activity outside of school at a high level.

Your next steps...

The course lays the foundation for any further study of sport, leisure, coaching, teaching, physiotherapy or related subjects in higher education. Possible careers include: PE teaching, Sports Development and Management, Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy or Professional Sports performer.