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Physical Education A Level at De Montfort School

Course description

A Level PE is an exciting mix of theoretical concepts and practical assessments. Students will be required to demonstrate with competence a variety of techniques, observe and comment upon the technique of others and perform effectively in their own right.

The theory element of the course will allow students to gain an understanding in anatomy and physiology, acquiring movement skills and socio-cultural studies relating to participation in physical activity. Overall, the focus of the course is one of participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle.

Entry requirements

At least grade C in GCSE Physical Education is generally expected or a merit in BTEC Sport. Good passes in Science and English are also expected.


The course is divided into four components. Each component is further sub divided into topic areas and the detailed content associated with those topics.

Component 01: Physiological factors affecting performance

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology

1.2 Exercise physiology

1.3 Biomechanics

Component 02: Psychological factors affecting performance

2.1 Skill acquisition

2.2 Sports psychology

Component 03: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

3.1 Sport and Society

3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Component 04: Performance in physical education (NEA)

4.1 Performance or coaching of an activity taken from the approved lists.

4.2 The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI).

Future opportunities

A Level PE provides many varied and exciting career opportunities. These include physiotherapy, sports coaching, the medical profession, teaching, sports psychology, the leisure industry, sports journalism and sports development to name but a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact De Montfort School directly.

Last updated date: 22 February 2017
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