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Physical Education

What is Physical Education

A Level PE is ideal for students who have a real passion for sport and have aspirations of being a Physiotherapist, Doctor, Dentist, Sports Scientist or Teacher, to name just a few!

A Level Physical Education is a varied subject which incorporates elements of Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, Sociology, History and Technology. Its diverse nature means that it complements many subjects and demonstrates knowledge in an array of sport related disciplines.

What Will You Study?

During the course you will study a wide range of topics including the following; Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology; Bio-mechanical Movement; Skill Acquisition; Sports Psychology; Sport and Society; The role of Technology in Physical Activity, and Sport.

All students will have to complete practical assessments as their coursework. Notably, students must be assessed in one physical activity of their choice for the exam board list in the role of performer or coach. In addition to this, students will be required to complete a supplementary written piece of analysis work, analysing their own and others performance in their chosen activity.

What Next?

Each year a large number of students leave Cardinal Newman to go to university to study for degrees in Teaching, Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Medicine and Dentistry. We have strong links with a range of universities and are able to seek admissions help and advice to support you. A number of former students come back into College and speak to groups about their careers and experiences.

Exam Board


Entry Requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE. It is not necessary to have studied PE at GCSE level.

Course Type

A Level


Exam: 70%  Coursework: 30%

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