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Physical Education A Level at Cramlington Learning Village

Course description

In Physical Education you will study sports participation and performance in physical activity. Most of the course is classroom-based preparing you for a written exam. You get a practical lesson (1 per cycle) where you prepare for a verbal assessment. You will learn how to analyse a performer from your main sport and describe how you would improve their performance. The practical element of the course involves performing in two sports (this becomes one in year 13). Your marks are determined by how good you are at applying skills and tactics effectively. You must already be taking part in competitive sport outside of school if you are to succeed

Course content

Year 12:
Unit G451 - Anatomy & Physiology
Acquiring Movement Skills
Socio-Cultural Studies
Unit G452 - Practical Performance

Year 13:
Unit G453 - Historical Studies
Sports Psychology
Exercise and Sport Physiology
Unit G454 - Practical Performance

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs across a range of subjects. A proven track record of regular commitment to playing sport after school and with a community sports club. Confident verbal communication skills.


In year 12 Unit G451 is assessed by written exam (60% of AS Level). Unit G452 is an internal assessment of two practical performances and a verbal evaluation and performance improvement plan for one of the activities (worth 40%).

In year 13 Unit G453 is assessed by written exam (70% of A Level). Unit G454 is an internal assessment of one practical performance and a verbal evaluation and performance improvement plan for the activity (worth 30%).

Future opportunities

Success in A Level PE can allow entry into Higher Education and is vital for sport-related degrees such as Sport & Exercise Science, Sports Studies and Physical Education. This could lead to a range of career opportunities such as PE teacher, sports psychologist, sports scientist, leisure & recreation manager, sports administrator, sports nutritionist, performance analyst, sports development manager, fitness professional, physiotherapist and conditioning coach.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cramlington Learning Village directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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