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Physical Education A Level at Myton School

Course description

Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

Have you ever wondered:

  • Why some people run faster than others?
  • How your personality affects your performance?
  • How technology can help you?

It does complement certain other subjects, in particular Biology and Psychology as there is overlap in certain areas covered in these subjects.

Course content

Component O1

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics

Physiological factors affecting performance – 90 marks – 2-hour written paper.
30% of total A level

Component O2
  • Skills aquisition
  • Sports psychology

Physiological factors affecting performance – 60 marks – 1-hour written paper.
20% of total A level

Component O3
  • Sport and society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport – 60 marks – 1-hour written paper.
20% of total A level

Component O4
  • Performance or coaching
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for improvement (EAPI)

Performance in physical education – 60 marks – non-exam assessment.
30% of total A level

Entry requirements

At least a grade 5 in GCSE PE and at least a grade 5 in Science. Students should also have a strength in 1 practical sport or as a coach.


There will be a mixture of exam-based assessments and a Performance Analysis task, as well as a practical assessments in 1 sport, either as a performer or a coach. This takes place during the second year, but you need to keep an ongoing log of performance/coaching through the two years. Certain individuals are required to undertake a moderation assessment in May.

Future opportunities

There are many sports-related courses which students may apply for at university which will require an A Level in Physical Education including:

Sports and Exercise Science, Nutrition and Exercise Science, Sports Coaching, Physical Education Teaching, Sports Therapy, Sports Development and Sports Business Management courses.
Students have also used this course to help with entry to Sport and Exercise Physiotherapy based courses.

If you enjoy Physical Education and Sport, this subject will provide many Post-18 opportunities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Myton School directly.

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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