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A-Levels - A Level Physical Education at Wakefield College

Course description

To study this course you need to be actively participating in sport at a high level, preferably as a member of a team, as there is a 30% practical assessment in the role of player/performer or coach.
The course will give you knowledge, understanding and skills relating to the scientific and practical aspects of physical education and it will explore the socio-cultural aspects of a range of sporting activities. You will need to have a high level of interest and ability in Science and the course further develops aspects of Science, Psychology and Sociology in a sporting context.
You will also learn to evaluate performance and suggest plans for improvement and will cover the benefits of healthy living alongside topics such as the role of media in sport.

Course content

What you will study

In addition to the practical element, you will study the following topics:

Subject content 1. Applied anatomy and physiology 2. Skill acquisition 3. Sport and society 4. Exercise physiology 5. Biomechanical movement 6. Sport psychology 7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Your Course Structure

There will be a mixture of theory lessons, homework tasks and practical activities to prepare you for the exams and the 30% assessment of your practical skills. 
The full A level is a two year course with all the assessments at the end of the second year. However, there is a one year Advanced Subsidiary qualification available and you will be sitting these exams at the end of the first year to gain an independent evaluation of your level of performance. 

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs at A* to C (or new grade 9-4), including English, Maths and Science (with Science required at grade B or new grade 6).
You need to be able to demonstrate a good level of ability in at least one sport.

We recommend that you study this alongside a science subject such as Biology. An ideal combination would be PE, Biology and Psychology.




For the full A level at the end of two years:
Two written papers each worth 35% and a practical assessment worth 30%.
Paper 1
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level
Paper 2
Written exam: 2 hours
105 marks
35% of A-level
Internal assessment, external moderation
90 marks
30% of A-level

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residential etc. which are payable by all students.

Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any re-sit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students. 

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

Most students choose to progress to university to study degrees related to Sport and Physical activity but others choose related options such as Biology, Psychology or Teacher Training.

Career opportunities

A level PE opens up a wide range of career options including teaching, sports physiotherapy, sports coaching, sports development, sport nutrition and the armed forces.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: The Course Information Team on 01924 789111


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: 02 April 2019
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