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Physical Education A-Level at Priestley College

Course description

This dynamic and stimulating course will go well with any combination of other subjects. Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.  If you enjoy sport but are not sure of your career intentions, then look no further than A level Physical Education, it will help you gain entry in to either the world of work or University.

Course content

AS and A Level Physical Education includes the compulsory study of: Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanical Movement, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology, Sport and Society and the Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. Physical Education can be taken as both an AS and A level subject. Both courses comprise of 70% theory (externally assessed) and 30% practical (internally assessed) module.

Entry requirements

A high standard of practical ability as a performer or coach is essential, particularly as the practical component makes up 30% of both the AS and A level. We want you to learn through direct experience and expect you to actively participate in all lessons. Students are encouraged to make full use of the Virtual Learning Environment (Moodle) which provides you with 24/7 access to support materials. The large theoretical component requires good written communication skills and the ability to construct extended written responses to examination questions. A minimum grade E in the AS theory modules is required to progress onto the A level programme.



You will be assessed via module examinations in May or June – AS PE. Two external examinations and A2 PE four external examination.  The external examinations consist of a wide range of question types including: single mark, short answer and extended response questions. Both AS & A2 PE have a non-examination assessment (practical element) which is internally assessed and externally moderated. You will be assessed in one practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity from the approved DfE list, and one performance analysis task.

Future opportunities

AS and A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sport science, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.

Further information

Throughout the course you will have the opportunity to undertake a variety of specialised study visits, guest speakers, residential experiences and a range of practical activities, to compliment your programme of study.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Priestley College directly.

Last updated date: 10 October 2016
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