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Physical Education A Level at Sherburn High School

Course description

This A-Level is a challenging and rewarding course. Students will look at a range of issues from movement and motion to psychology, sociology and physiology.

Course content

This course is made up of three sections. The first section has an exam on factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport, which includes: applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society.

The second section has an exam on factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport, which includes the following topics: exercise physiology and biomechanics, sport psychology, sport and society, technology in sport.

The ‘non-exam assessment’ (NEA) element of the course requires students to be assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. There will also be a written/verbal analysis of performance.

Entry requirements

For this course you will need 5 A*-C grades/5 Level 4+ grades, with at least a C in English. Students need to be organised, hardworking, independent and have a love of sport.


The exams for both sections are two hours long and will include multiple choice, short answer and extended writing tasks for all the different topics covered in the course.

How it’s assessed:

Two written exams:
- 2 hours
- 105 marks
- 35 % of A-level

Non-exam assessment (NEA):
- Internal assessment, external moderation
- 90 marks
- 30 % of A-level

Future opportunities

This course will allow you to study at university. If you are interested in physiotherapy, sports massage, coaching, teaching or working in sport then this course is the right one for you.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 March 2017
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