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Physical Education A-Level at Brampton Manor Academy

Course description

Who should study Physical Education?

This course will be useful for students with a genuine interest in Sport who wish to study the theory behind the practical side of PE.

Course content

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 aspects 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, how to improve performance, and the factors affecting gaining new skills.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement to study A-Levels is at least six GCSE grades A*-C (including English, Maths and Double or Triple Science). The average of all the GCSEs taken must be grade B or higher. We will not count ‘GCSE-equivalent’ qualifications (for example BTEC, DIDA, OCR Nationals).

Students must also achieve at least Grade B in the subjects that they wish to study. Where students have not studied a subject before, comparable grades will be used as a guide.

The subjects a student choses to study at A Level have a large impact on future progression to university and degree choice. We will consider each individual's circumstances and offer appropriate guidance and support to help students make the right subject choices.

Subject Specific

GCSE grade B in English and Double Science (or Biology) 


AS Physical Education

Unit 1 Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle

This is assessed by a two hour written examination and it accounts for 60% of the AS grade.

Unit 2 Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role

This is internally assessed but externally moderated. It accounts for 40% of the AS grade.

A2 Physical Education

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. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with ways of correcting any errors the athlete is making.

Unit 3 Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport

This is assessed in a two hour written examination and accounts for 30% of the full A level grade.

Unit 4 Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation

This is internally assessed but externally moderated. It accounts for 20% of the full A level grade.

Future opportunities

The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard. This A Level also opens up a whole number of career options in areas such as sports science, physiotherapy, education, coaching or sports management.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 April 2015

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