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Physical Education A Level at Ralph Allen School

Course description

A level PE is for those students who enjoy and play sport on a regular basis. The course allows you to explore the physiology, psychology and socio-cultural aspects of performance. It is envisaged that most students who opt for A Level PE will do so because this is where their specific interest and/or specialism lies. However, some may wish to consider A Level PE as a second, third or even fourth choice – the course is multidisciplinary, compatible with a wide range of other subjects including: Biology, Physics, Maths, History and French.

Entry requirements

4 GCSEs Grade 9-6 including Physical Education Grade 9-6 or evidence of practical skills at this level and Grade 6 in Science.


One 2 hour exam and two x 1 hour exams
Physiological factors affecting performance
• Applied Anatomy and Physiology
• Exercise Physiology
• Biomechanics

Psychological factors affecting performance
• Skill acquisition
• Sports Psychology

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
• Sport and Society
• Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Performance in Physical Education
• Performance or coaching
• Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement

Further information

A Level Physical Education is recognised and accepted at all universities including Oxford and Cambridge. The course should help prepare students for further courses such as: sports studies, sports science, physical education, movement studies, sports psychology, physiotherapy and sports journalism. It may also be of benefit to those considering a career in sport, health or leisure.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ralph Allen School directly.

Last updated date: 30 January 2018

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