Why study A Level Physical Education? 

  • To follow an interest in PE, Leisure and Sport
  • To develop a career path in PE, Leisure and Sport

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed in two ways:

  • 70% by written examinations (3)
  • 30% by practical assessment (1) and coursework

Component 1

Physiological Factors affecting Performance

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics

Component 2

Psychological Factors affecting Performance

  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology

Component 3

Socio-Cultural and Contemporary Issues

  • Sport, Society and Technological Influences

Component 4

Performance within Physical Education

  • Performance or Coaching Practical
  • Evaluation of Performance


  • 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 to 8. If you study GCSE PE, you need to be achieving at least Grade 6 on the theory paper
  • An interest in PE and Sport and the Human Body
  • Ability in at least one sport is essential

What skills will I gain from studying Physical Education?

  • Knowledge and understanding of the human body, Sport Psychology, Technology in Sport, Social Issues and History of Sport
  • Social Skills
  • Logical Thinking Skills
  • Skills of Analysis

Where can Physical Education lead?

  • Teaching and Lecturing
  • The growing Leisure Industry
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sport Management
  • Sports Coaching and Development
  • Research in Sport Science

Additional Comment

I would advise you to talk to students in Year 12 and Year 13 about their experiences of A Level Physical Education.

What will I study?

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport, Society and Technological Influence in Sport

You will also complete an Analysis of Performance in your sport; prepare a Training Programme to improve an identified area of weakness

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