A Level Physical Education

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What will you be working towards?

Alternative Title Physical Education A Level
Code PE
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


The scientific study of exercise, health and sport.

The scientific study of exercise, health and sport is big business, from the riches of professional sport to the equally important personal fitness sector. The impact of sport on both our individual lives and the global economy cannot be overstated.

A level PE covers an incredibly diverse range of topics. You learn about how the body works: anatomy, physiology and biomechanics, how performance can be enhanced, analysed and monitored and about the multiple health benefits of physical activity. For example, did you know that inactivity is costing the NHS around £7.4 billion a year?

You will study psychology, nutrition, sports injury prevention and management and sports business to understand the financial side of the sports industry. You will also gain an understanding of the role that sport played in the past and the role it will play in the future.

Essentially, you will develop the skills of a scientist as well as those of an arts student. Increasingly, Physiotherapy courses accept PE as an alternative to Biology, for example Nottingham University.

"The lessons are always really inclusive which is really good. There are lots of whole class discussions as well as small groups which helps you understand the concepts better as you hear other people’s ideas." KANE, PE student




Year 12
Scientific Principles

  • Applied anatomy and exercise physiology (musculoskeletal, cardiorespiratory, neuromuscular, energy systems, diet & nutrition and training principles).
  • Biomechanics (motion and forces applied to physical activity). 

 Psychological & Social Principles

  • Sport psychology (factors affecting performance - personality, arousal, anxiety, aggression, motivation and dynamics of group processes).
  • Skill acquisition (theories of learning & performance that underpin coaching principles).
  • Sport and society (impact of ethics on sport including deviance in sport, the growing influence of the commercialisation of sport and the relationship of sport & the media). 

    Year 13
    Practical Performance

    • Assessed as a performer or coach in one sport. You do not need to be a high-level performer to study A level PE.
    Performance Analysis/ Development Plan 
    • Technology underpins the whole course whether enhancing, analysing or monitoring performance (you’ll have access to university science labs and some of the latest equipment for analysing health and exercise). 

    How will it be delivered?

    70% examination (two written papers)
    30% coursework (mix of practical and a written report on performance analysis/development plan).

    Entry requirements

    GCSE grade 6 or Merit in PE (or similar subject title) AND Mathematics or a Science

    OR GCSE grade 6 in English (Language or Literature) AND Mathematics or a Science. Must also have minimum grade 4 in PE, if studied.

    Minimum Entry Admissions Score applies

    Your next steps...

    A level PE is not only a great course but you’ll gain competencies attractive to employers and university admissions linked to health, sport, industry and education. However, A level PE opens many doors depending upon subject combinations.
    There are a large number of courses at university that involve the study of sport. Ranging from sports science to management to engineering courses as well as a broad range of teaching & coaching degree courses.
    Many of our students go to university to study a sport-related course but future destinations range from medically-related courses to management and philosophy to psychology. Equally broad-ranging are the future careers of Sport Science students. Recent graduating Hills Road students have chosen careers as diverse as accountancy, corporate management, journalists/broadcasters and civil service. Employers greatly value the range of skills that ‘Sport’ graduates bring to the workplace. However, many do choose a career in sport, indeed, a number of you will be taught and coached by ex-Hills Road students!