Sport & Physical Education A Level

The A Level Physical Education course is a very challenging subject covering many diverse areas including Applied Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Opportunities for Sport and Contemporary Issues.

The aim at AS level is to improve the standard of performance with a strong emphasis on the analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in adopted roles. At A2 the aim is to optimise performance as well as performing, analysing and evaluating in a competitive situation.


There are two units at AS Level. Unit 1 is assessed by a 2hr examination and Unit 2 is practical assessment. At A2 Level there are two units. Unit 3 is assessed by a 2hr examination. Unit 4 is assessed through practical and written work.
The overall weighting of the course is 60% theoretical and 40% practical of the total A Level mark.


A Level Physical Education is useful for Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Education, Health Related Fitness Industry, Leisure and Tourism Industry, the Armed Forces and the Police Force.


Candidates should have at least five A-C grades at GCSE level. In addition a good pass in GCSE Physical Education. In individual cases students who have not done GCSE Physical Education may also be considered for the course. Students also need to have a good standard of practical performance. In the case of students new to the school they will be required to provide evidence of their practical achievements.