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Physical Education A level at Edgbarrow School

Course description

The course builds on students’ experiences from KS4 and GCSE to enhance knowledge and increase understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education.  The qualification looks to equip students with the knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.  The course will address current contemporary topics in sport such as the impact of ergogenic aids and technology on sports performance.  It will also cover in detail how individuals acquire skill, investigating different theories of learning and information processing as well as examining different energy systems, nutrition and cardiac and pulmonary function.

Course content

A wide range of learning and teaching styles are involved, with the emphasis on group work, problem solving and independent research.  The course is primarily a theory based course so the large majority of lessons are classroom based. Where practical activities enhance learning they will be used.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE at grade B or above and a C grade or above in Additional Science, Biology or Chemistry.  A Level 2 BTEC Science or PE award is not sufficient for entry on to this course.  An alternative option could be the Level 3 BTEC Sports Science course. 


A2 PE consists of 2 written papers.

Paper 1 - Factors affecting participation in sport (35 % of A Level).

Paper 2 - Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35% of A Level).

Pupils are also assessed in a non-exam assessment for practical performance worth 30%.  

Future opportunities

A Level PE is a recognised qualification by Higher Education establishments and complements several other A Level courses.  Many students go on to sport related university courses with career routes into coaching, sports science, teaching, armed forces, sports development and physiotherapy.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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