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Physical Education A Level at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College*

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. They must also have a firm understanding of the scientific nature of the subject. Additionally, students will need to be already practising at least one sport discipline to a high standard, representing clubs locally, nationally and/or internationally. Having the ability to self-reflect is essential.

Course content

The A Level course develops the biological, historical and socio-cultural theories within sport, and applies this knowledge to personal experience and case studies. As practical coursework is a large part of the course, you will need to self-assess and improve your performance. It is also important to note that a detailed knowledge of physiology and anatomy is essential to performing well in the exam modules at the end of both year 1 and year 2.

Entry requirements

At least 5 full GCSEs grades 9–4 (A*–C), including English Language and Maths plus Core and Additional Science grades BB or GCSE Biology grade 4 (grade C). If taken, GCSE PE grade 5 (grade B) or BTEC PE merit.


The Physical Education course includes both practical (30%) and examined (70%) assessments.

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 such as 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 A Level and will not generally accept A Level PE on its own as an entry subject.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Gloucestershire and Stroud College* directly.

Last updated date: 24 January 2017
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