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Physical Education (A Level) at Wath Comprehensive School: A Language College

Course description

The content has been designed to allow you to study Physical Education and Sport in an academic setting, enabling you to evaluate and analyse physical performance and develop your knowledge and understanding of the subject. The specification has an increased emphasis on the scientific study of sport, to reflect the increasingly scientific approach to sport today.

Course content

The A-level comprises of Anatomy and Exercise Physiology, including an examination of body systems (skeletal, cardiovascular, respiratory and energy systems), and Biomechanics.


You will develop theoretical knowledge of the scientific factors that underpin physical activity/sport, such as fitness and training.


You will also study sport psychology and contemporary issues in sport, developing an understanding of the factors that influence people’s involvement in physical activity and sport, and the role of technology in sport.

Practically, you will develop skills/techniques, improve performance using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas, and develop your ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance.

Entry requirements

A minimum of a grade 5 in Science (ideally a grade 6).

GCSE PE/BTEC Sport at KS4 is advantageous, but not essential.

You must be actively participating in sport at a competitive level for a team other than a school one.


Assessment is by externally assessed theory examinations (70%), and an externally moderated practical unit, which includes an oral examination and performance in one activity (30%).

Future opportunities

Students often go on to further study in sport related degrees. However, this qualification is suitable for learners intending to pursue any career for which an understanding of the human body or human behaviour is desirable. Avenues of progression for candidates include careers in: medicine, sport and physical activity, PE teaching, physiotherapy, personal trainer, sports coach, and careers in the services (RAF/Police).

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

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: 24 September 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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