Physical Education

A Level




Course Overview

This course equips students with a breadth and depth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. It will benefit anyone considering a career which is sport science, physical education or sport-related.

A Level skills criteria for list of activities 

The following tables outline the practical requirements for each activity including the criteria/content for each area of assessment:

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Exam (70%) Non exam assessment / written and practical coursework (30%)

Duration: 2 years
Entry requirements:

Standard entry requirements, plus grade 5 in GCSE Science. Grade 5 in GCSE Physical Education also desirable.

Exam board: AQA

Course textbook £40 –

  • Atherton, C., Young, S. and Howitt, R. (2019) AQA A Level PE (Year 1 and Year 2).
  • An AQA A Level PE (year 1 and 2) Boost eBook is available at a cost of £10 per year Click here
Programme leader:

Sandra Wickens

Course structure

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Future careers might include PE teaching, lecturing, sports management, coaching, physiotherapy, exercise physiology, sports nutrition, sports psychology, sports journalism, sports analysis, sports therapy, strength and conditioning or personal training,   Students may consider direct entry into other employment or further training.

Higher education

This course is excellent preparation for students planning to continue on to university to study any sport science, physical education or sport-related degree.

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