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Physical Education A Level at Shirley High School Performing Arts College

Course description

A Level PE is a course for students who have a genuine interest in developing and refining their own performance in a specific sport/s. This course builds on the student’s experience from GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education. The course offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach in Year 12 then to specialise in one role in Year 13. The course content addresses current contemporary topics relating to sport such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and increasing commercialisation of sport.

Course content

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Entry requirements

A good standard of written English will enable students to meet the demands of the exams. Obviously students will have an interest in sport especially in refining their own performance.

Applicants will be required to provide evidence that they are playing regularly in their chosen activity at competition level. Regular attendance at a school or club for their selected activity is also essential.

When qualifying to study A level subjects we will accept a ‘5’ as the equivalent grade for the new GCSE 1-9 measure for English and Maths. Most A level courses require a ‘B’ which is the equivalent of a ‘6’. BTEC Level 2 qualifications will only be counted in place of one GCSE subject. This is because they are not considered to have the required breadth of study necessary for the demands of a varied combination of A level subjects.


Exam Board: AQA

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • 35% of A-level
  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society
  • Written exam: 2 hours

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

  • 35% of A-level
  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport
  • Written exam: 2 hours

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport

  • 30% of A-level
  • Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity
  • Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance
  • Internal assessment, external moderation

Future opportunities

Studying A level Physical Education offers many opportunities e.g. Physiotherapy, Professional Athlete, Leisure and Tourism, Sports Development, Sports Psychology, Osteopathy, Sports Journalist, Sports Manager, Sports Administration and Teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Shirley High School Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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