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Physical Education A-Level at Bristol Brunel Academy

Course description

What do you want to do? JUST DO IT and take A Level PE. Physiotherapist, sports lawyer, journalist, teacher, human nutritionist, strength and conditioning coach, sports psychologist.

Course content

Year 1
  • Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle: Exercise physiology, skill acquisition, and opportunities for participation which are examined though the theory paper. 
  • Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role(s): Practically perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques.
Year 2
  • Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport: How exercise physiology can optimise performance; how application of psychological knowledge can optimise performance. 
  • Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation:Students perform, analyse and evaluate their own performance.


Entry requirements

B Grade in GCSE PE and Science. Competing, umpiring or coaching regularly outside of school.

Minimum Academic Standard for Progression into Y13

Entry into Y13 is not automatic in CLF Post 16.

The majority of students will continue into Y13 dependent on the entry criteria for courses as outlined below:

For A levels, all students must attain a minimum academic standard of passing all subjects with at least two D grades for successful progression in to Y13.

Supportive statements from subject teachers confirming suitability for continued study at A level. Following receipt of AS results, students who have met the entry requirements will be offered a place in Y13.

Students who do not meet the entry requirements into Y13 will be given guidance about a change of study programme and relevant courses available. They will not be allowed to re-sit the same core learning aims (i.e. subjects) as they did in Y12.


60% Theory Exam 
40% Practical and Written Coursework

Future opportunities


Fountain/BSc/BA in sports & exercise sciences; sports coaching; sports performance; childhood, youth & education studies; sports psychology; sports massage; physiotherapy; sport rehabilitation; sport & social sciences; sports journalism; sport management.


Physiotherapist; sports lawyer; PE teacher; human nutritionist; strength and conditioning coach; sports psychologist; performance analyst; elite sports coach.


How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 April 2015

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