Physical Education

Exam board: AQA

Why study this subject?

Physical Education is a two year A Level course, in which students will undertake learning in both the theoretical and physical aspects of sport. This course is for those students who have an interest in studying the theory behind sport including historical issues, psychology of sports performance and understanding the physiology of the body. Students will develop practical, coaching and officiating skills, and will develop their research, group work and discussion skills. Students who compete regularly in competitive sports outside of college will enjoy this course.

How is the course assessed?

 Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport 

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B: Skill acquisition

Section C: Sport and society

This is a two hour written exam paper (35% of A Level).


Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics

Section B: Sport psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

This is a two hour written exam paper (35% A Level)


Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity, and     written/verbal analysis of performance in the form of a piece of coursework.

This element is Internally assessed and externally moderated. (30% A Level)

Where can this subject lead?

This course can help students move on to a wide range of higher education courses including Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Management, Physiotherapy, Primary and Secondary education, Sport Business Management, Psychology and Nursing. There is an increase in students looking at higher level apprenticeships as Sports Development Officers, Gym Instructors, fitness coaches and private health care.