Physical Education

A Level


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.

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All A Level PE students will be required to be assessed in one of the sports from the list provided here.


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

£28 per year for textbooks –

  • Atherton, C., Young, S. and Howitt, R. (2019) AQA A Level PE (Year 1 and Year 2).
  • Digital version available here.
Programme leader:

Sandra Wickens

Course structure

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Life after Henley


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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