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A Level Physical Education - Option C at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description should I study Physical Education?

This course leads to a variety of career options; it has many different elements to it and now has a practical base. If you enjoy your sport and want to develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject, this is the one for you.

Course content

What will I do during the course?

Students who choose to study Physical Education at A Level will cover the following topics: Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Sports and Society. A2 students will go on to study: Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Sport Psychology and Sport and society and technology in sport.

Entry requirements

What qualifications do I need to start?

As the course has Science content of how the body works, a C Grade is essential in Science. It is not necessary to have taken GCSE PE to follow this course at AS and A Level.

A Level PE is suitable for students who have a genuine interest in physical activities and who want to learn how and why the body and mind work together to improve physical performance. As the course is divided between practical skills and the theory of sport it is open to a wide audience. Continuing to play, coach or officiate your sport outside school is a really important aspect of the course.


How will I be assessed?

As of September 2016, Physical Education will be run as a linear course with students sitting all of their exams and submitting coursework at the end of the course.

Students who choose to only study an AS Level will sit Paper 1 after the first year.

AS Level

The AS course comprises of one 2 hour exam worth 70% of the AS, and a practical assessment of one role. The role can either be a performer or a coach, and must be in a full sided version of the activity. This will contribute to 30% of the AS.

A Level

Students who are looking to take the full A level will sit Paper 1 and Paper 2 at the end of both years. Paper 1 (AS paper) is worth 35% of the A Level. Topics include;

A - Anatomy and Physiology

B - Skill Acquisition

C - Sport and Society

Paper 2 is a 2 hour exam which will contributes to a further 35% of the A Level. Topics include;

A - Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.

B - Sport Psychology

C - Sport and Society and Technology in sport. Practical assessment This is the same as the AS assessment and contributes to 30% of the A Level.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

A Level Physical Education explores many areas in sport and is seen as a very useful insight into the many different careers there are in sport today. These range from fitness instructors to physiotherapists and sports scientists, to coaches and teachers. Many careers such as the Forces, Police or Nursing see knowledge of sport and fitness as invaluable. Sports Nutrition is a growing industry and there are many opportunities in this area of further study. There are many university courses that either continue sport science, nutrition, technology, coaching or development of the sports industry, the list is endless. Even if none of these are your chosen path the knowledge you have gained of looking after your body the right way is going to be useful to you throughout your whole life.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years