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Physical Education A Level at Keswick School

Course description

An A level PE student would be a well-motivated candidate with a keen interest in sport. The course looks at the theoretical aspects of sporting performance; this is where the main emphasis lies, with the remainder focused on the performance or coaching ability in one activity.

The course takes a multidisciplinary approach, with the focus being the performer and the performance.

Course content

Component 1: physiological factors affecting performance

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology

1.2 Exercise physiology

1.3 Biomechanics

Component 2: psychological factors affecting performance

2.1 Skill acquisition

2.2 Sports psychology

Component 3: sociocultural issues in physical activity and sport

3.1 Sport and society

3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Component 4: performance in physical education (non-examination assessment)

4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists

4.2 The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)

Entry requirements

Two grade Cs in science subjects, including biology, and grade 4 in English and mathematics. It is not necessary to have taken the subject at GCSE level. It is essential for candidates to be regular performers in one competitive sport from the approved list.


Written exam: 70% of final grade

Non-exam assessment: 30% of final grade

Future opportunities

A level PE not only permits the ‘good’ sportsman/woman to gain credit for his/her ability, but also allows the more academic and enthusiastic student to attain the highest grade.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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