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Physical Education AS/A-Level at Cranford Community College

Course description

A-level Physical Education builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer or coach. The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

Entry requirements

Normally C in Physical Education or Merit in Level 2 BTEC PE and C in English and CC for Science.


Paper 1 – Factors affecting Participation in Physical Activity and Sport. 2 hour written examination 35% of A-Level. Three sections:

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2 – Factors affecting Optimal Performance in Physical Activity and Sport 2 hour written examination 35% of A-Level.

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Internal assessment with external moderation 30% of A-Level Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus written/verbal analysis of performance.

Future opportunities

Physical Education, Teaching, Physiotherapy, Personal training, Sports Coaching, Sports Psychology, Sports Medicine, Sports Journalism, Leisure Management.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cranford Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years