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Physical Education AS/A Level

What will I study?

This course will benefit anyone considering a career which is physical education or sport-related. You will develop an understanding of anatomy, sports psychology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, fitness, skill acquisition and historical/cultural aspects within sport and physical education.

Whilst certain elements will be taught through practical sessions, this is predominantly a theoretical course, so students should be comfortable with science-based subjects. You will be expected to apply your sporting experiences to better understand the concepts developed in lessons.

Although high-level competitive performance is not essential, your athletic ability will influence your final grade and all students will be assessed as a performer in two different sports. Students also have the option of being assessed as an official or a coach in a sport of their choice.

Students are encouraged to combine their studies with the College's Sports Development Programme, but it is not a compulsory part of the course. You will benefit from the College's impressive facilities, including our multi-purpose sports hall opened in 2012.

What next?

This course is excellent preparation for students planning to continue on to university to study any physical education or sport-related degree. Future careers might include PE teaching, sports coaching, physiotherapy, leisure management and fitness training.

Alternatively, students may consider direct entry into other employment or further training.

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Key Information

Coursework (40%) Exam (60%) Assessed in one

1 year (AS)/2 years (A Level)

Standard entry requirements plus grade B
in GCSE Science. Grade B in GCSE Physical
Education also desirable.


£25 per year for textbooks.

To support the transition to A Level learning we recommend that students complete this task during the summer. Click here to view the transition activities >>

Programme Leader:
Sean O'Dell

How to Apply >>