Physical Education


The A level in PE is designed to allow students to demonstrate their excellence in a practical sport setting whilst developing their specialist knowledge in areas such as Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics and Sports Psychology.

As well as classroom-based learning, you will also have the opportunity to visit local universities, sports centres, deliver practical based sports sessions on course and in local schools to add in the essential practical element to your studies.

You will also gain valuable access to the college physiology lab, developing your knowledge and skills in a scientific and clinical manner.

This course is ideal for individuals who are looking to combine sports studies (in particular with science-based A levels such as chemistry and biology) who are pursuing a career in exercise physiology, biomechanics, physiotherapy or sports therapy, sports psychology or performance analysis potentially within a multidisciplinary team.

Minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above, in particular with Maths, English and Science.

A keen interest in practical sport and sport/sport and exercise science would also be beneficial.

An interview with the course leader and a reference from a personal tutor will also be required.

The course is assessed in a variety of methods which consist of the following:

  • 2 x exam papers – Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in sport and physical activity, Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in sport and physical activity.
  • 1 x non-exam assessment: Practical performance in sport and physical activity (which also requires a portfolio of analysis)

There are various university courses which you could apply to upon completion of this course, these may include:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Strength and Conditioning
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sports Psychology
  • Performance Analysis
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Therapy
  • Exercise Physiology

Careers following this A Level could include:

  • Sport and Exercise Physiologist
  • Biomechanist
  • Performance Analyst
  • Strength and Conditioning Coach
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Physiotherapist or Sports Therapist
  • Teacher in Sport or Sport and Exercise Science
  • Lab Technician


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