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Physical Education A Level at Swale Sixth Form

Course description

Summary of skills students gain by studying this subject

You will develop your subject knowledge in physical education, exploring specific areas of PE and sport.  In choosing this course, students will develop knowledge which will equip them for undergraduate study in a number of different areas (highlighted below).  You will develop your analytical skills, extended writing skills and the ability to evaluate performances effectively.

Course content

Potential Topics that will be studied

You will also use a range of skills to cover both practical and theoretical concepts relating to participating in sport, health and fitness and the history of sport and its importance in society. Specific topics are:-

  • 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

Entry Requirements

Students will need to achieve to at least five 9-5 GCSE grades, including English, mathematics and Science.

Additionally, it is desirable for students to have studied GCSE PE or BTEC Sport and achieved at least a grade 6 or Distinction grade. 

Students must also be playing sport for a club or at a higher level outside of school, so that the coursework component can be completed.



This course will be assessed through coursework and final examinations.  The examinations make up 70% of the course and the coursework 30%.  

There are two final examinations which are worth 35% each and these take place at the end of year 2 (year 13).

Future opportunities

Progression and career opportunities

This qualification provides the opportunity to pursue a career in sport e.g. sports coach, physiotherapy, sports development, physical trainer.  

Students will be able to progress on to a number of higher education courses involving sport, such as sports science, sports coaching, sports therapy, sports development as well as PE teaching degrees.


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: 30 October 2018
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