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Physical Education AQA at Bradfield School

Course description

A-level Physical Education builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach.

The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.

We provide a network of advisers to support centres in the delivery of the coursework.

Course content


Physical Education AQA 

Course Introduction

The new A-Level specification for PE is now 70% exam, 15% practical performance and finally 15% an analysis of performance.  Throughout the course you will spend time studying anatomy and physiology, exercise physiology and biomechanics, skill acquisition, sports psychology, sport and society and finally sport and society with technology in sport.  The table below shows some of the topics you will be looking at in each section:

Anatomy and Physiology (Component 1)
Cardio-respiratory System
Neuromuscular System
Musculo-Skeletal System

Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics (Component 2)
Diet and Nutrition
Preparation and training methods
Biomechanical movement

Skill Acquisition (Component 1)
Skill, Skill Continuums and Transfer of Skill
Skill Classification
Principles and theories of learning and performance
Use of guidance and feedback

Sports Psychology (Component 2)
Psychological Factors that can influence an individual performance, including personality, aggression, anxiety and motivation.

Sport and Society (Component 1)
Emergence of Globalisation of sport in the 21st Century The impact of sport on society and of society on sport

Sport and Society with Technology in Sport (Component 2)
The role of technology in physical activity and sport

Component 1 and Component 2 both worth 35%:

  • 2 x 2 hour written exam (1 exam for Component 1 and 1exam for Component 2)
  • Both marked out of 105 marks
  • They both include a combination of multiple-choice, short answer and extended writing questions.

Component 3 (30%):
Broken down into two sections both out of 45 marks:

  • 15% practical performance assessed as a player/performer or coach in the full context of one activity
  • 15% written or verbal analysis and evaluation of either their own or the performance of another
  • Both sections are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Mr A Mitchell, Mrs S Lofthouse, Mr S Thompson

Entry requirements

B in GCSE Physical Education or Evidence of sporting ability (if GCSE PE not taken)

Evidence of sporting ability




Further information

Our ambition is for the students we teach to ‘be the best they can’ and, where students want to, that they progress to the top Universities to maximise their employment and career prospects. In partnership with Russell Group Universities, we continue to work hard to realise this ambition and to ensure that, as well as excellent teaching, our students receive the correct guidance and support needed to make successful applications to Higher Education.

We are very proud of the achievements made by last year’s students. 92% of the students progressed to a University course of their choice. 91% of our students gained 3 or more A-Levels and 46% of the grades were A*-B. Students were also successful in their applications to competitive programmes such as Cambridge University, Dentistry and Medicine. We look forward to building on this success with the students who choose to join us in the future.

We offer a range of 23 different A-Level subjects, enabling students to choose subject combinations to progress to all available Higher Education courses. All of our courses are taught by subject specialists with degrees in the subjects they are teaching, and with strong track records in A-Level teaching. Students are also encouraged to integrate work experience placements with their studies in order to gain the practical and transferable skills required for many careers.

Students have the choice of choosing three or four A-Level subjects. We expect that most students will specialise to three subjects by the time they enter Y13. All students are also given the opportunity to complete the Extended Project Qualification over the two years, and we are increasingly finding that this improves the quality of student’s applications to University and employment opportunities.

Sixth Form is not solely about the study of the academic subjects. We offer students a range of enrichment opportunities, improved social facilities and privileges so that our students can enjoy life as a Sixth Form student both inside and outside of the classroom and that they can play a leading role in helping to develop the school. By providing these opportunities alongside a strong curriculum, we believe that Bradfield Sixth Form is an environment ‘where people thrive’ and where people can make the most of their talents and realise their potential.

We hope that you will consider studying your chosen subjects at A-Level at Bradfield School Sixth Form.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to get in touch with us.

Patrick Beaumont
Head of Sixth Form
0114 2865002

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016

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