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Physical Education at Tring School

Course description

Awarding body: AQA

A' Level Physical Education is a challenging course which in recent years has achieved the distinction it deserves. The theory syllabus covers the scientific, socio-cultural and environmental factors which influence Physical Education. This includes topics as diverse as anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and skill acquisition, sport and society and technology in sport.


Course content

The theory part of the course is examined with the coursework/practical elements being assessed internally. The syllabus stresses the importance of being able to translate the theoretical work into performing and coaching situations and being able to critically evaluate these areas.

Why should I study Physical Education?

- You want to continue your interest in Physical Education into the Sixth Form

- You play at least one sport competitively

- It is interesting and enjoyable

- It has a practical element and coursework

- It relates well to other A'Levels particularly in the social and natural sciences

- An Advanced Level in PE is rapidly becoming an essential qualification for specialist study in Physical Education or Sports Studies in higher education and it is also a suitable qualification for other areas of study.


Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Physical Education theory paper,Grade 5 in Science and play at least one sport competitively in or out of school.


70% written examination, 30% practical assessment. One coursework piece. 

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport



Future opportunities

This qualification will enable students to gain entry into University courses leading to careers in: Physical Education Teaching, Physiotherapy, Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sports Development, Exercise Physiology and Research Science, Leisure Industry, Fitness/Personal Trainer



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tring School directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years