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Physical Education

What is A-Level Physical Education?

A-Level Physical Education is an ideal subject to study if you’re interested in Sport! It combines a range of topics which you will see come alive when watching and playing sport!

What Will You Study in A-Level Physical Education?

70% of your final mark comes from two exams on the theory part of the course. This is made up of three main sections:

  • Exercise Physiology which is concerned with how the body’s systems function during exercise, e.g. cardiovascular, respiratory and muscular systems.
  • Sport Psychology which is concerned with aspects of the mind and how that affects sports performance. For example how confidence, stress and the presence of a crowd affect performance.
  • Sport Sociology & Technology which is concerned with how sport reflects wider society. We look at issues such a racism and sexism in sport, drug use in sport and how advancements in technology have affected sport.

30% of the course is not assessed by an exam:

    • 15% is an assessment of your practical performance in one
    • 15% is a piece of written coursework about your own performance.

What Next after Completing A-Level Physical Education?

A large number of our students go to university to study Sport Science, coaching and teaching. Studying A-Level PE is not a barrier to a career in medicine, dentistry and veterinary science; in fact many students study Biology, Chemistry and PE and go on to study medicine at university. We have strong links with a range of universities and a number of former students come back into college and speak to groups about their careers and experiences. Some students with exceptional performance backgrounds opt for scholarships at universities in the UK or USA.

What is the Exam Board for A-Level Physical Education?


What are the Entry Requirements for A-Level Physical Education?

At least five 5s at GCSE, including at least a 4 or a Merit in PE (if studied) and a 4 in English Language and Science. You don’t need to have studied GCSE PE at school to be able to study A level PE at college.

Have you considered studying a Mixed Programme (A-Levels and Btecs) Whether you’re on target to achieve five 5s in your GCSEs or not there may still be an option to study A-Levels alongside a BTEC qualification at Newman.