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Physical Education at Elliott Hudson College

Course description

Physical Education is a great subject to study at A Level for those that are interested in the world of sport. We look at the body in detail through two physiology units, looking at topics covering areas such as the respiratory system, sports injuries, and biomechanics/movement analysis. There are also topics such as aggression in sport
and equal opportunities that look into the wider role sport plays in society.

Course content

Paper 1 - Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
During this unit the emphasis is placed upon learning the basics of skill acquisition, sports psychology, anatomy and physiology, and ways in which a performer can train in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Students will look in more detail at the ways in which exercise impacts upon the circulatory and respiratory systems as well as ways in which a performer can learn new skills. The unit will also look into biomechanical movement and technology used in physical activity and sport.
Paper 2 - Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
There are three key components to this unit – exercise physiology and biomechanics, sports psychology and sport, society and technology. These three aspects are taught separately and make up the final examination in this subject. All of the work done relates these three very different areas back to sport and sports
performances, and can be intriguing and beneficial to sportspeople of all standards.
Non-exam assessment - Practical performance in physical activity and sport
Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. Therefore it is imperative that the student is actively taking part in a fully competitive version of their chosen physical activity. They will also have to produce a written/verbal analysis and evaluation of their performance.

Entry requirements

Attain 5 or more standard GCSE passes (grade 4 or higher).

If a student is applying for an A Level course that they have studied at GCSE it is expected that a student would attain at least a standard pass (grade 4) in this subject.


Paper 1
Written external examination: 2 hours, 105 marks.
This examination accounts for 35% of the overall A Level grade.
Paper 2
Written external examination: 2 hours, 105 marks.
This examination accounts for 35% of the overall A Level grade.
Practical performance
90 marks.
Students are internally assessed on their performance and written/verbal analysis of their performance by members of the PE department, and are externally moderated. This equates to 30% of the A Level grade.

Financial information

Elliott Hudson College will not charge fees for tuition or examination entry (except for re-sits, where attendance is unsatisfactory or coursework is incomplete). There are no charges for course materials, although students are expected to provide their own stationery and any specialist clothing /equipment. Course books may be bought from subject teachers however subjects will also loan textbooks to students in return for a deposit. In the case of field trips, a contribution from the student to cover board and lodging, but excluding tuition and travel, will be expected. Some optional activities (e.g. enrichment, theatre trips, exchange visits, etc.) may have an associated cost; this will be notified in advance of the event.

Some applicants might not be supported by government funding for education (e.g. non-UK or EU passport holders recently arrived in the area): in these cases we do reserve the right to charge full fees for the course.

If your family is on a low income or you encounter any financial difficulties in special circumstances, you may be eligible for financial assistance from the college’s Student Bursary Fund

Future opportunities

The subjects students learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help
them to be better at sport, no matter what the individual standard. This A Level also
opens up a whole number of career options, for example as a PE teacher, sports coach, personal trainer, sports scientist, physiotherapist, nutritionist, or jobs within sports development.

Further information

Detailed information about Elliott Hudson College can be found on the college’s website


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: 21 September 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September