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Physical Education - BTEC at Abbeywood Community School

Course description

A successful student must have a passion for sport and be motivated to understanding the theoretical as well as the practical elements of Sport, with a firm understanding the scientific nature of the subject.

Additionally, students will need to be practicing two sports disciplines to a high standard, representing clubs locally, nationally and/or internationally. Having the ability to self reflect is essential.

Course content

What will I study?

The A level course develops the biological, historical and sociocultural theories within sport, and applies this knowledge to personal experience and case studies. Whilst practical coursework is a large part of the course, whereby you will need to self assess and improve your performance in two disciplines, it is also important to note that a detailed knowledge of physiology and anatomy is essential to performing well on the exam modules at the end of both the AS and A2 year.

How will I learn?

The subject will require learners to perform both theoretically and practically. Theory lessons are delivered in a seminar style and focuses on enhancing exam technique and practice. We will expect you to fully participate in any practical sessions that are needed for assessment purposes or as part of your academic lessons, in addition to any Academy or external sports commitments that you may have. We set high standards in terms of behaviour and attitude, and learners should not see this subject as an ‘easy’ option.

Entry requirements

At least 5 GCSE grades A*- C including English Language and Maths, Core and Additional Science grades BB or GCSE Biology grade C. If taken, GCSE PE grade B or BTEC PE Merit.


The Physical Education course includes both practical (40%) and examined (60%) assessments. In addition, learners have the opportunity to take a coaching qualification during the course.

Future opportunities

A Level PE is a good prerequisite to study Sport at University level, e.g. Sport Studies or Sports Science, with the option of specialising in areas like Sports Psychology, depending on individual preference. Likewise, it is a useful course if you are hoping to pursue a career in Coaching or Training. Universities offering Sports Physiotherapy degrees will usually require you to study Maths, Chemistry, and Biology at AS/A2 level and will not generally accept A level PE on its own as an entry subject. Contact a careers advisor or individual universities for more information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 27 April 2015

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