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Physical Education A Level at Langley Park School for Girls

Course description

A Level PE is a course for students who have a genuine interest in developing and refining their own performance in a specific sport. This course builds on the student's experience from GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The course offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS then to specialize in one role at A2.

The course content addresses current contemporary topics relating to sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport.

Topics covered through theory and practical lessons include:

  • Applied exercise physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Opportunities for participation
  • Energy systems influence on performance
  • Psychological aspects that optimize performance
  • Evaluating contemporary influences to achieve elite status

Skills Required

A good standard of written English will enable students to meet the demands of the exams. Obviously students will have an interest in sport especially in refining their own performance. You will be required to provide evidence that you are playing regularly in your chosen activity at competition level.

Practical Activities:

For Units 2 & 4 you will select, with guidance from subject staff, one practical activity from the list below:




  • Association Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking (moving/ white water)
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Gaelic Football
  • Goalball
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey (Field/Roller/Ice)
  • Horse Riding
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Activities
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Rowing and Sculling
  • Rugby Union/League
  • Sailing/Windsurfing/ Kite surfing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Softball/Baseball/ Rounders
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Track/Road Cycling/Mountain Biking
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo
  • Athletics
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Swimming Dance - Contemporary/Creative/ Ballet
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Trampolining

If a candidate wishes to be assessed for an activity not included above the AQAcan be contacted (through the school) to discuss the possibility of modifying the coreskills of one of the existing sets of criteria.

Entry requirements

B grades in GCSE PE, English and Science are preferred. Applicants should discuss their prospects with their PE staff. Regular attendance at a school or club for their selected activity is essential.


The course is divided into four units. Units 1 & 2 will be studied in Year 1 as an AS award and Units 3 & 4 in Year 2 as an A2 award to combine with Year 1 units to form the A Level.

Year 1 ( AS ):

Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

  • 2hr written examination (June)
  • 60% of AS, 30% of A Level
  • Two Sections:
    • Section A - six structured questions
    • Section B - application of theoretical knowledge to a practical situation

Unit 2: Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s

  • Internal practical assessment with external moderation
  • 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
  • Candidates assessed in one activity in two of the following roles:
  • Practical Performer (can choose practical performer in two different sports)
  • Official/Referee/Umpire/Judge
  • Leader/Coach

The 2 units above combine to form the AS award, 50% of the assessment from this award will count towards the overall A Level. There is no externally moderated coursework in this subject.

Year 2 (A2):

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport

  • 2hr written examination (June)
  • 30% of A Level
  • Three Sections:
    • Section A - how exercise physiology can optimise performance
    • Section B - how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance
    • Section C - contemporary influences in sport and their impact on the performer

Unit 4: Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

  • Internal practical assessment with external moderation
  • 20% of A Level
    • Candidates assessed in one activity in one of the previously mentioned roles:
    • Candidates perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance, identify weaknesses and suggest causes and appropriate corrective measures (through written evidence and internal assessment).

The units 3 & 4 combine to form the remaining 50% for assessment for the A Level.

Future opportunities

Wide: including Physiotherapy, Professional Athlete, Leisure and Tourism, Sports Development, Sports Psychology, Osteopathy, Chiropractor, Sports Journalist, Sports Manager, Sports Administration and Teaching.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Langley Park School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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