The A-level course develops the biological, historical and sociocultural theories within sport, and applies this knowledge to personal experience and case studies. Students must have a firm understanding of the scientific and statistical nature of the subject. Additionally, students will need to be practicing one sport discipline to a high standard, competing at a local or national level. It is also important to note that a detailed knowledge of physiology and anatomy is essential to perform well in both the examination and coursework components.
The course is compromised of 7 key units:
- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Skill acquisition
- Sport and society
- Exercise physiology
- Biomechanical movement
- Sport psychology
- The role of technology and physical activity in sport
Students who study A-level Physical Education are invited to partake in many trips throughout the year. In 18/19 these included ice skating, Wimbledon, Body Worlds London, an escape room, lab testing at the University of South Wales and the Velodrome in Newport.
How will I know how I am doing?
The physical education course includes a practical assessment (15%), coursework assessment (15%) and examined assessment (70%).
Throughout the course there will be regular assessments. These include mocks, presentations, projects and Q&A sessions.
Students are assessed in Year 2 over two exams that last 2 hours each. This is in addition to coursework and a filmed practical.
What do I need to join?
To join the full-time A-level programme, you need at least 5 full GCSEs at grades 9–5 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths.
In addition to A-level PE, you need Combined Science grades 9–6 or GCSE Biology grade 9–5. If taken, GCSE PE grade 9–5 or a BTEC PE grade Merit.
You will be required to do a minimum of 36 hours of work experience. This is usually completed in a week during term time where you will have the opportunity to explore a career field which takes your interest, with the aim of giving you an insight into full-time working life. In the lead-up to this week, you will be asked to create an exciting CV during a group tutorial period.
What can I do next?
A-level PE is a good prerequisite to studying sport at university level, e.g. sport studies or sports science, with the option of specialising in areas such as sports psychology, depending on individual preference. Likewise, it is a useful course if you are hoping to pursue a career in coaching or training. Universities offering sports physiotherapy degrees will usually require you to study maths, chemistry and biology at A-level and will not generally accept A-level PE on its own as an entry subject.
Course information last updated: Friday 10th July 2020 @ 8.41am (17 hours ago)