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Physical Education at Longbenton Community College

Course description

A-Level Physical Education will equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. This requires them to develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance. Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. Understand the key socio-cultural factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport. Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/ or compositional ideas. Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance and understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness, and to improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds.

Course content

A-Level PE is an academic subject that challenges pupils both mentally and physically. It prepares pupils for a number of different roles after Sixth Form, including undergraduate study, and is particularly relevant for any pupils looking to develop their understanding of the human anatomy. Please note that unlike GCSE PE this course is mainly theory based.

The qualification is a two year course, comprising an AS qualification completed in Year 12, and the A-Level qualification completed in Year 13. Over the two years pupils will be assessed in:

• Physiological factors affecting performance: Applied anatomy and physiology. Exercise physiology. Biomechanics.

• Psychological factors affecting performance: Skill acquisition. Sports psychology.

• Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport: Sport and society. Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport.

• Performance in physical education: Performance or coaching in one sport or physical activity. Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement.

Entry requirements

This is an academic subject so 5 or more A* - C grades are required. It will be of benefit if students have Grade B or better in GCSE PE or a Distinction or better in BTEC Sport and have a good foundation in sciences. Only in exceptional circumstances will pupils without GCSE PE be accepted. Students must be participating in at least one sports activity to a good level (ask your PE teacher about which activities are assessed at A-Level).


The AS qualification is assessed as follows: 35% physiology examination, 35% psychology and socio-cultural examination, 30% practical assessment as either a performer or coach (including a verbal evaluation of another pupil’s performance).

The A-Level qualification is assessed as follows: 30% physiology examination, 20% psychology examination, 20% socio-cultural examination, 30% practical assessment as either a performer or coach (including a verbal evaluation of another pupil’s performance).

Future opportunities

Studying PE at A Level will prepare you to study for any degree and will prove useful for many career pathways, such as working with performers, teaching and coaching, science and healthcare, sports doctor or physiotherapist to name a few careers.

Further information

In both years you will be provided with a text and revision book.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longbenton Community College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September