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A-Level Physical Education at Silverdale

Course description

A-Level Physical Education : AQA The study of how an athlete optimises performance.  This includes how physiology imprints elite performance as well as studying psychological and Socio-cultural aspects of sport.  Also analysis of performance in competition, identifying weaknesses and suggesting corrective practice to bring about improvement.

Course content

Paper 1:  Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (30% of A Level)


Paper 2:  Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35% of A Level)


Practical Performance in physical activity and sport (30% of A Level) with written analysis and evaluation.

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above on the GCSE Physical Education theory exam paper or Grade 5 or above in GCSE Biology if not completed GCSE PE.


The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined in June of the second year of study.  Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students progression in Year 13 and their registration for the A Level exam.

The A Level exam will consist of the following

Written exam - Paper 1

Written exam - Paper 2

Practical performance - Internal assessment, externally modified.

Future opportunities

Continuing study at University such as Sports Science, Sports Studies, Sports Psychology, Sport & Exercise Management, Sports Journalism and Physical Education which could lead into careers such as teaching, physiotherapy and leisure management, instructing outdoor activities, sports coaching, sports development, fitness consultant and sports administration.

Further information

The course is covered in 5 hours per week. It is very much a theoretical course but practical elements are incorporated where applicable to deliver theoretical content, practical coursework and computer based analysis lessons will be delivered as part of the course.  Students undertaking A Level PE should be involved in some form of organised or competitive sport.

Lessons are mainly direct contact, however some research sessions and tutorials are incorporated where appropriate.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 October 2018
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