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Physical Education A Level at Wirral Grammar School for Girls

Course description

In recent years Physical Education has been one of the largest growth subjects at ‘A’ Level. Examination results have been excellent with 50% of students in the last three years attaining an A grade. Before candidates start this course, it would be helpful for them to have studied GCSE Physical Education and achieved at least a grade B. The intention is to extend knowledge brought from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to Advanced level.

The A level specification aims to provide candidates with the knowledge and understanding to improve their own performance. Candidates choose two practical activities at AS level and one at A2 from an extensive range of practical activities. The A level course is made of 6 theory modules – 3 are covered at AS and 3 at A2.

Course content

AS Unit One
Candidates cover:
- Anatomy and Physiology - which includes how all the bones, joints, muscles, heart and respiration work.
- Skill acquisition - which covers how we learn how to play sports.
- Contemporary studies in sport and physical education - which includes all the organisation of sport in this country.

AS Unit Two
Performance in two practical activities and an analysis of performance in their chosen sport.

A2 Unit Three
Candidates cover:
- Exercise Physiology - which includes all about fitness, training methods and Ergogenic Aids.
- History of Sport - which covers how different sports have evolved over the centuries.
- Psychology of Sport - which includes different theories about personality, aggression and how they relate to sport.

A2 Unit Four
Performance in one practical activity and an Analysis of Performance in their chosen Sport.


The Advanced Subsidiary (AS) forms 50% of the assessment weighting of the full A level. AS can be taken as a stand-alone specification or as the first part of a full A Level course (A2)

Candidates taking AS, complete units 1 and 2. Pupils wishing to attain the A2 qualification follow courses in 3 additional aspects.

Future opportunities

The course units provide an excellent foundation for students intending to follow careers in sports science, physiotherapy, teaching and sports development amongst others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wirral Grammar School for Girls directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years