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AQA A Level Physical Education at The Canterbury Academy

Course description

This course is designed to give students knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. It gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as a participant or coach. You will learn theory based principles which address contemporary topics in sport, such as the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

Course content

You will have a mixture of teacher-led lessons and independent study. Assessment is divided between practical performance in one activity as either a performer or a coach and two theory examinations at the end of the course.  Practical ability in a sport is a distinct advantage. Theory examination accounts for 70% of the grade. The practical component accounts for 30%. All assessment is completed at the end of the two year course (2 year linear A-Level).


Paper 1

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society


Paper 2

  • Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport


Non-examination Assessment

  • Practical Assessment (performer or coach) in one activity
  • Written coursework on analysis of their performance in that chosen activity

Entry requirements

Students should have achieved at least grade 6 in GCSE. P.E. or Distinction in BTEC Sport Level 2.

Future opportunities

Universities and employers know that students with A Level PE have a range of useful skills (research, communication, social and organisational).  This course is beneficial to students who want to go on to study PE or Sport Science at university and those who choose to go on into other areas related to sport and exercise. 

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: 07 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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