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Physical Education A level at Wren Academy

Course description

Sport and fitness is a huge and fast growing industry. If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities. From professional sport through to amateur teams, and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a varied and exciting field to work in. Best of all, you could be in a career doing something that you love. The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level, and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard. But no matter what your career ambition, if you are passionate about sport, this course is great to take alongside other topics.

Course content

The new specification comes in effect from September 2016 and will have four assessed components. These will examine the individuals knowledge and application of the scientific, psychological and social principles of physical education as well as their ability to perform practically and analyse physiological and technical / tactical demands of their chosen sport.

Entry requirements

The students will need to gain a B grade at PE, if taken. Where a student has not studied GCSE PE, they will need to have B grades for Science.


The course is assessed through a combination of examination and internal assessment with external moderation.

Component 1 – Scientific Principles

  • Written Examination : 2 hours and 30 minutes
  • 40% of qualification

Content Overview

  • Topic 1 : Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Topic 2 : Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis

Component 2 – Psychological and Social Principles

  • Written Exam: 2 hours
  • 30% of qualification

Content Overview

  • Topic 3: Skill acquisition
  • Topic 4: Sport Psychology
  • Topic 5 : Sport and Society

Component 3 – Practical Performance

  • Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
  • 15% of qualification

Content overview

Skills performed in one physical activity as a player / performer or coach.

Component 4 – Performance Analysis and Development Programme

  • Non-examined assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated
  • 15% of qualification

Content Overview

Written controlled assessment which analyses the components of physical activity and the implementation and evaluation of a development programme.

Future opportunities

An A Level in PE opens up a whole number of career options, like sport scientist, physiotherapist, or working for a national governing body. Other possibilities include sports and recreation management, teaching and coaching, sports administration and, of course, full time elite performer.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years