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Physical Education A Level at Lymm High Voluntary Controlled School

Course description

This course is ideal for any student with a keen interest in Sport and Physical Education. Students that compete in sport at a good level will benefit from 40% of their grade coming from a practical assessment. Students with an interest in Biology and Psychology will complement their studies in Physical Education. Although the majority of the course is theoretical based, many of the lessons will use practical activities to help students develop an application of their understanding of the key concepts.

Course content

As part of the theoretical aspects of the course, you will acquire and apply an understanding of sports nutrition, sport physiology and sports psychology. In addition, you will consider current contemporary issues such as the impact of the use of ergogenic aids, hooliganism and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

Learning through Physical Activity: During this practical-based element of the course, you will learn about exercise physiology and skill acquisition in practical situations: how can we maximise our performance using our knowledge and understanding of sport? Learning in Physical Activity: This is the practical aspect of the course, where you will experience and develop an interest in a variety of key roles in sport including performing, officiating and/ or coaching. At AS you will do two of these and then specialise in one at A2.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A*-C including Dual Award or single subject Science. B or higher grade in GCSE PE is strongly advised.


Year 1: 60% of your AS mark comes from a 2 hour written exam in May and 40% comes from assessment of your ability to complete two roles from performing, officiating and coaching.

Year 2: 60% of your A2 mark comes from a 2 hour written exam in June, and 20% comes from an assessment of a student’s ability to compete in one chosen sport in a competitive situation, and 20% from student’s ability to complete an independent written analysis of their practical performance.

Future opportunities

A-Level PE students go on to study and work in a huge range of fields from sports nutrition, sports psychology, sports science, physiotherapy, teaching and many non-sports based tracks.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 01 July 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years