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Physical Education AS/A2 Level at Alderbrook School

Course description

Make a healthy living: Sport and fitness is a huge industry and you can be part of it. If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities.

From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business. Best of all, you could be in a career doing something that you love.

Course content

A level PE comprises of two sections: theoretical and practical elements . The theatrical section includes topics such as, anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, socio-cultural studies, history of sport, sport psychology and exercise physiology.  The practical section focuses on the individual’s performance over two sports and their ability to critically analyse performance in relation to different theoretical aspects.  

In the first year there are two main study topics. The first of these covers the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle and includes subjects like the physiological effects of exercise and how people acquire sports skills. 


In the second study topic you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate an athlete’s performance, and the factors affecting gaining new skills.


In the second year you’ll have two main study topics again. The first continues with the theme of optimising the performance of an athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes, as well as studying the important topics within sport today. The second study topic looks at performance in competitive situations.


Entry requirements

If GCSE PE has not been studied then a grade B in GCSE Biology is required.



Future opportunities

University degrees that require or often prefer PE include:

Sports science, sport and exercise and health science, sport and leisure management and education.



Possible careers:

Directly related: Sports coach, sports therapist, fitness centre manager, sports development officer and personal trainer.

Further afield: Sports nutritionist, sports journalism, sports governance, PE teacher, sport psychologist, physiotherapist, outdoor pursuits manager, event organiser, health promotion specialist, NHS, tourism, hospitality and management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years