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Physical Education - A Level at Lordswood Sixth Form Centre

Course description

New Linear A Level 

Course content

What will I be doing on the course? How is it structured?

Unit 1.1 Healthy and Active Lifestyles

Unit 1.2 Opportunities and Pathways

Unit 2.1 Personal Performance

Unit 2.2 Local Study

Unit 2.3 National Study

Unit 2.4 Performance Analysis

Units 1 and 2 are mandatory and are worth 50% each).

Entry requirements

Five C grades at GCSE (including a grade C in mathematics and English and CC in science). Students should have completed the GCSE physical education course and achieved a grade C or above.


Externally assessed examination.

Externally assessed practical and written coursework

Future opportunities

Students can go on to study HND and degree courses in physical education, sport science, physiotherapy, sports development, and sports coaching. 

Further information

What skills do I need to develop to be successful on this course?

A good understanding of anatomy and physiology as well as a sound general knowledge of sport and current sporting issues.

What other subjects compliment A Level Physical Education?

Physical Education is often studied with biology as the two subjects complement each other very well. For those students wishing to go into sports therapy, sports psychology, or physiotherapy, the combination with psychology is highly beneficial.

How will I be taught?

Students must be actively participating in competitive sport outside of school. The course is delivered over five hours per week which includes four theory lessons and one practical. Two members of staff will be responsible for delivering the units of work.

Student Testimonial, why study A Level Physical Education?

The physical education courses provide me with a great opportunity to further my education within the physiotherapy field and although the level of detail in the theory work is very high, I always felt as though I was supported through it all. Having completed GCSE PE to a grade B, I knew I wanted to carry on developing my knowledge further. I have always been a keen sportsman and I knew my practical marks would help me do well on the PE course. The theory work is difficult at times but there is a lot of transfer across to my other subjects which really helped with my understanding. Year 13 student

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lordswood Sixth Form Centre directly.

Last updated date: 23 November 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years