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Physical Education (PE)

Sport is increasingly becoming a part of everyday life for more and more people. That could be watching the Diamond League Athletics Competition, taking part in a Sunday league football fixture or County level cricket.

Being involved in sport benefits our physical and mental wellbeing. We are seeing increasing participation rates in sport and positive media coverage continues to raise awareness of these health benefits.

If you have a passion for sport, A Level PE will support your journey to a desired career in a sport related area.

Subject content

This course covers topics such as: anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society, biomechanics, sports psychology and technology in sport. A Level PE offers a holistic and in-depth insight into a wide range of important and interesting topics. The knowledge gained will prepare you for three exams you will sit at the end of your second year of study. To support your exams you will complete a coursework element, this consists of a verbal assessment including an assessment on your own ability in a chosen sport.

This course is an award of AQA.

Specific entry requirements

GCSE Grade 5 or above in Biology or 55 in Combined Science.

GCSE Grade 5 or above in English Language.

GCSE Grade 5 or above in PE is also highly beneficial.

Additionally, success in A Level PE is reliant on students playing competitively or coaching regularly in sport.


A Level PE breaks down into:

  • Component 1: is a 90-mark exam paper that lasts for two hours. This exam is worth 30% of your final grade.
  • Component 2: is a 60-mark exam paper that lasts for one hour. This exam is worth 20% of your final grade.
  • Component 3: is a 60-mark exam paper that lasts for one hour. This exam is worth 20% of your final grade.
  • Component 4: is your verbal assessment/Non-exam assessment. You will have one hour to complete this. This is worth 30% of your final grade.

Progression opportunities

You will develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to prepare you for sports-related courses in Higher Education. Alternatively, you may wish to progress into employment within the sports industry. Popular careers and sports related university courses include:
• Sports Development
• Sports Coaching
• Physiotherapy
• Sports Journalism
• Personal Training
• Sport and Performance Analysis
• PE Teachers

Meet the A Level expert

Kelly Bowes

Kelly has a degree in Sport and Exercise Science from The University of Hull and a PGCE from The University of Huddersfield. She holds a Level three coaching qualification in gymnastics and has had a passion for sport for as long as she can remember!

“A Level PE allows individuals to grow their passion for taking part in sport and learning the behind the scenes of the sport that they have loved for years. Sport not only develops specific knowledge and skills, it also improves your confidence and ability to work independently and as part of a team that will help for after College life.”

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