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PE A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study PE?

Sport and fitness is a huge industry... and you can be part of it. If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are lots of opportunities. From professional sport through to amateur teams and individuals who just want to get in shape, sport and fitness is a fast-growing business.

Best of all, you could be in a career doing something that you love.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

In the first year there are two main study topics.

The first of these covers the beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle and includes subjects like the physiological effects of exercise and how people acquire sports skills. In the second study topic you’ll learn how to analyse and evaluate an athlete’s performance, how to improve performance, and the factors affecting gaining new skills.

In the second year you’ll have two main study topics again. The first continues with the theme of optimising the performance of an athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes, as well as studying the important topics within sport today. The second study topic looks at performance in competitive situations. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with ways of correcting any errors the athlete is making

Entry requirements

Five 4's. 4 in Science and 4 in PE are preferable but not required.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board AQA. This qualification is linear, meaning that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the course. It is 70% theory and 30% practically assessed.

Future opportunities

The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard.

This A Level also opens up a whole number of career options.

  • Sport Scientist
  • Physiotherapist
  • Working for a national governing body
  • Psychologist
  • Technology in Sport
  • Sport and the Law
  • PE Teacher
  • Nutritionist
  • Sports Journalism

Further information

Contact Mr Turnbull in the PE Department on extention 5785 or


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: 26 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: Pe