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Physical Education AS/A level (AQA) at Abbey Grange Church of England Academy

Course description

The A’level builds on the student’s experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The qualification looks to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. This qualification is useful for those students thinking about careers in Physical Education, Sports Coaching, Physiotherapy, Sports Psychology, Health etc.

Course content

At AS:

Theory Exam (70%):

1. Anatomy and Physiology – cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular systems. The musculo-skeletal system and analysis of movement in physical activities

2. Acquisition of Skill – Skill, skill continuums and transfer of skills. Impact of skill classification on structure of practice for learning. Principles and theories of learning and performance. Use of guidance and feedback

3. Sport and Society – Emergence of globalisation of sport in the 21st century. The impact of Pre-industrial, Industrial, post-industrial and Post World War II on sport. The impact of sport on society and of society on sport. Sociological theory applied to equal opportunities

Practical Coursework (30%): you will be assessed on your ability to perform as a player/performer or coach in one activity. This activity will need to be carried out in your own time, through a local club or an extra-curricular club.

At A2:

1. Exercise Physiology – Diet and nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance. Preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining physical activity and performance.

2. Biomechanical movement - Biomechanical principles. Levers.

3. Sports Psychology - Psychological factors that can influence an individual in physical activities. Aspects of Personality. Attitudes, arousal, anxiety, aggression, motivation and social facilitation. Group dynamics. The importance of goal setting.

4. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport - Understanding of technology for sports analytics.

Practical Coursework (30%): Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus a written analysis of performance.

Entry requirements

To study 3 subjects a student should have at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, with a grade B or above in their chosen subjects.


One examined paper at the end of Year 12 and an assessment of your practical component choice via a log of activities.

Tow examined papers at the end of Year 13 and an assessment of your practical activity.

Future opportunities

This is an excellent basis for further study or employment within the booming sport, health and fitness sector, particularly for a career or degree course in Health and Exercise Science, Sports Therapy, Sports Management, Teaching, Leisure Studies, Physiotherapy, Medicine, Outdoor Pursuits, Coaching, Sports Technology and Sports Development.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 06 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS in Year 12, A2 in Year 13