Physical Education

The A level Physical Education course offers students the opportunity to combine academic study with practical sporting performance. The course is challenging but engages students with a variety of content. We follow the AQA specification for A level Physical Education.

Course content includes:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Sport psychology
  • Technology in sport


Students are assessed in two examinations at the end of year 13. The non-exam assessment consists of practical performance or coaching in one selected sport and written analysis of a performance.

  • Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (35%)
  • Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35%)
  • Practical performance in physical activity and sport (15%)
  • Analysis and evaluation of performance (15%)

Transition into Key Stage 5

To adequately prepare for studying A level PE, students should have ideally achieved grade 6 or above in GCSE Physical Education or GCSE Science.

Students interested in studying A level PE will be provided with transition work over the summer in order to give them an insight into the course.

Career prospects

The course will prepare students for further study in the sports or health sector. Students who study A level PE may decide to go into careers such as: sports scientist; physiotherapy; sports coaching; diet and nutrition; personal training; sports analysis; professional sportsperson or the health sector.

Additional and recommended learning tools or reading

Department Members

  • Mrs Rowden (Head of department)
  • Mr Okorofor
  • Mr Roberts
  • Ms Ogbonnaya