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Physical Education A-Level at Clevedon School

Course description

“Inspire a generation.”

London 2012 legacy

As the momentum for the London Olympic Games grew, athletes refined skills and volunteers developed new ones. Students studying PE will develop numerous study skills and gain in depth understanding of the value sport and healthy active lifestyles in society today.

Course content

A level PE is for anyone who enjoys both practical performance and developing their knowledge of theoretical concepts in sport. The obvious suggestion is to say that it will lead onto a one of many of the sports-related degree courses available. However, the real benefit of the PE A level is that it enables you to grasp a wide range of skills, from scientific research through to debate.


  • Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education
  • Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education

2 hour theoretical exam worth 60% of the total AS marks. Practical assessment in two activities and an oral evaluation of performance worth 40% of the total AS marks.


  • Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education Section A: Sociocultural Options Section B: Scientific Options
  • Unit G454: The Improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education

2.5 hour theoretical exam worth 35% of the total A2 marks. Practical exam in one activity and an oral evaluation of performance worth 15% of the total A level marks.

Entry requirements


In order to be admitted onto Level 3 courses, students should satisfy all the following requirements:

  • At the end of Year 11 secure a minimum of 5 GCSE passes at grades A* to C at GCSE.
  • Secured at least a grade B at GCSE in the subject that the student wishes to study at Post 16, or the same grade in a related subject where it has not been previously studied GCSE.
  • Have demonstrated, through their previous education career, the level of self-motivation and commitment required for Post 16 study.

NB. In exceptional cases one or more of the above requirements may be waived at the discretion of the Headteacher or his designated member of staff. The school reserves the right not to admit onto the requested course, despite meeting the above requirements, if on educational grounds it is not considered to be appropriate to the needs and ability of the student concerned.

Future opportunities

Studying PE at A level can be a useful ‘stepping stone’ towards a variety of career options in the sporting sector. This could be in the leisure and health industry, teaching, physiotherapy, coaching, sports psychology, sports journalism and sports medicine, to name but a few. However, due to its diversity and well respected theoretical foundations, there are many different career paths that the course can lead pupils towards.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 May 2015

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