Course Overview

This course is a combination of practical and theoretical work, although the majority of lessons are classroom based.

Successful students will be engaging in sport outside of lesson time, and any practical lessons will have a theoretical element to them in order to prepare for the examinations at the end of the course.

The A level course is designed to prepare students for a sports-related degree and eventually a career in sport, whether this is as a teacher, a sport scientist, a physiotherapist or a coach. Course content includes: applied anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology, sport and society, and technology in sport. The course content is designed to be up-to-date with recent developments in sport, fully preparing students for further study within this area.

A level Physical Education has been successfully taught at this college for over 15 years by very experienced teachers who have a full, balanced and up-to-date knowledge of the course in order to guide students through both the practical and theoretical elements. Many of our students go on to study Sports Science or Coaching at university, or use this course to complement other A levels in order to study related degrees.

During the course, we have opportunities to visit sports science laboratories at universities, where the students can take part or observe VO2max testing, reaction-time analysis, temperature regulation in different environments, and many other course related activities. These sessions have proved invaluable to students who are able to draw on these experiences within examination questions.

Entry Requirements

Students should have achieved at least a grade 4-4 in Science.

It is vital that students are competing in a sport and continue to do so; this is because 30% of the A level grade is practically-assessed.

There is no requirement for students to have completed GCSE PE.

Detailed Course Information

A level Physical Education is co-taught (combined y12 and 13 classes). This means that, depending on when a student begins the course, they will either cover Paper One or Paper Two topics first.

Alongside this, students complete written and practical coursework. The written aspect requires an analysis and evaluation of the student’s weaknesses within their own sport, in relation to two key areas. The practical element requires students to be filmed, in a fully competitive situation, performing a sport of their choice. This needs to be completed on a number of occasions, and the student submits their ‘best performance’. This work starts in Y12 and is completed by the Christmas of Y13. This unit is worth 30% of the overall A level. Very little classroom time is spent on this, as there is so much content. Therefore, students are expected to complete this work predominantly during non-contact time either at home or during free periods within college.