Physical Education A Level

Course Summary

A-level PE

A-level Physical Education builds on students’ experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and understanding of the factors that affect participation and optimal performance in physical activity and sport. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.


  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society
  • Practical performance

Where might it lead

The study of A level physical education can assist learners to progress to Higher Education and employment. It particularly lends itself to careers within all aspects of the sports industry, working in leisure centres, physio therapy, sports psychology, coaching, teaching, ground staff, commentating and journalism to name a few.

Student perspective

“the work we have covered in theory lessons had led to class debate around current issues from the world of sport. There is always something happening in the media which relates to the topics we are covering and puts a real life perspective on the information we have to learn.”

KS5 PE and Sport Curriculum Maps

Entrance Criteria

In addition to a minimum of 5 GCSE’s inc Maths and English at grade 5 or above

Plus a minimum of grade 6 in GCSE PE.

Assessment Criteria

The course is assessed through a combination of written exams and practical observations.

Exam Board


Contact details

Miss N Walsh –

Mr P Lynn –