Physical Education (A-Level)

Physical Education (A-Level)

Advanced Level Qualification

Sixth Form Overview

Students aged 17-18 years old

Course Outline

AS and A-level PE allow students to play to their strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. The content is broad covering a range
of physiological, sociological and psychological components from the workings of the body’s systems, to sports based anxiety, through to the historical and technological influences on the development of sport we see today. Please note that this qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course (Year 13).

Assessment Criteria
  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Sport Psychology
  • Section C: Sport & society
  • 35% of A-Level
  • Section A: Exercise physiology & Biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport Psychology
  • Section C: Sport & society and technology in sport
  • 35% of A-Level
  • Students are assessed as a coach or performer in a full sided version of one activity.
  • Plus: Written or verbal analysis of performance
  • 30% of A-level
  • Synoptic assessment will be assessed in each component.

  • It requires students to draw together different areas of knowledge, skills and understanding from across the full course of study in order to demonstrate how they interrelate.

  • Exam Board AQA
  • Course Code 7582
  • AS Available No
  • Entry Requirements Grade 6 in GCSE PE
  • Exam Papers 2
  • Course Work yes
  • Prior Study Optional

Course Progression

Physical Education combines with many AS and ALevel subjects with particularly strong links to both Biology and Psychology. It supports applications for a wide range of university courses like Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Recreation and Leisure Studies, Physical Education teaching and performance analysis. Students may choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment; the key skills learnt through the course can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities such areas as Recreational Management, Leisure activities, the Armed Forces and the Civil Service.

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