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Physical Education A Level at Longsands Academy

Course description

Physical Education is about …

  • exploring how the body responds and adapts to exercise

  • developing an understanding of sports psychology

  • investigating the role of sport in society

  • performing in your chosen sports and applying your knowledge by evaluating performance

  • preparing for further study relating to the world of sport.

Course content

Course Overview:

Component 1: Physical Factors Affecting Performance (60 marks, 1 hour written paper, 30%)

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology

a The structure and function of the skeletal system

b The structure and function of the muscular system

c Movement analysis

d The cardiovascular and respiratory systems

e Effects of exercise on body systems

1.2 Physical Training

a Components of fitness

b Applying the principles of training

c Preventing injury in physical activity and training


Component 2: Socio-cultural issues and sports psychology (60 marks, 1 hour written paper, 30%)

2.1 Socio-cultural influences

a Engagement patterns of different social groups in physical activities and sports

b Commercialisation of physical activity and sport

c Ethical and socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

2.2 Sports psychology

2.3 Health, fitness and well-being


Component 3: Performance in physical education (NEA) (80 marks, 40%)

3.1 Performance in 3 activities (one individual, one team and one individual/team)

3.2 Analysing and Evaluating Performance (AEP)


Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE PE including the theory element

and a grade 5 in English Language and Maths.

Desirable: A grade '6' in a GCSE Science subject.


Students must also be committed to training and competing in a sport of their choice throughout the course.

APS 5.5

Future opportunities

Completing A Level PE supports applications for a wide range of university courses such as sports sciences, physiotherapy, recreation and leisure studies. There are many new and exciting courses related to sport throughout Higher Education. Additionally, Advanced GCE Physical Education develops the transferable skills and key skills employers are looking for and can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities across a range of careers.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact Mrs Hills, Head of Girls’ PE at the St. Neots Sixth Form Centre, via

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Longsands Academy directly.

Last updated date: 21 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years