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Physical Education AS/A Level (AQA) at Allerton Grange School

Course description

If you have a keen interest in sport then this course will give you a greater depth of knowledge in many areas. You will look at how the body and the mind contribute to successful performance in sport and also investigate various factors that influence sport being an integral part of today's society.

The practical aspect of the course recognises that quality performance in sport is more than just 'playing' and allows you to be assessed demonstrating skills in coaching and officiating.

To complete the course successfully you must be prepared to do independent work outside the taught lessons. research and reading is vital to prepare for theory work and you may also need to contribute to extra-curricular activities to support your practical mark.

Course content

Year 12 AS

There are 2 modules within the first year:

Unit 1 : The theory based module is 'Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle'. This has 3 strands which focus on anatomy and physiology, sports psychology and opportunities for physical activity. These would be the focus for your 3 theory lessons.

Unit 2 : The 2nd module is 'Analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adapted role'. This is practical assessment where you will need to be assessed in 2 different roles of either performer, official or coach performing core skills of an activity.


Year 13 A2

There are 2 modules within the second year:

Unit 3 : 'Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport'. The strands of the theory are categorized very similarly to AS but the focus is on the elite performer and looks at more contemporary issues in sport. Again, as in AS you will have these 3 units as the focus for your theory lessons.

Unit 4: The 2nd module is 'Philosophical problems'. This is practical performance in full competitive situations as either a performer, official or coach. This includes observing and analyzing weakness and providing a verbal or written presentation on how to correct weaknesses in an athlete


Entry requirements

Applications are considered on an individual basis but subject areas have their own entry requirements. As a guide you will normally be expected to have achieved a minimum of the following:

Level 3 courses - a good range of GCSEs from grade 4 - 9 including a grade 4 in English and Maths or the equivalent at BTEC level.

Level 2 courses - 2 grade 3s at GCSE

Specific entry requirements for this course are as follows:

It is preferable that you have studied GCSE PE to do this A Level. In addition you will have achieved at least a 4 in both English and Science GCSE. You also need to play/perform at least one sport or structured activity regularly in order to achieve high marks in the practical element of the course.


In both the AS and A2 levels you will be assessed by examinations (at the end of each year) and also by practical coursework within each year of the course.

AS - Unit 1 : is assessed by an exam (2hr), the weighting of this is 60% of the AS (30% of the full A-level).

Unit 2: is assessed practically and the weighting is 40% of the AS (20% of A-level). You will need to produce both written and video analysis of your core skills.

A2 - Unit 3 : is assessed by an exam (2hr) the weighting of which is 30% of the A-level.

Unit 4: is assessed practically and the weighting is 20% of the A-level. As in AS you will need video evidence of your performance. To support this you will do a more detailed 'project' to analyse your weaknesses.


Financial information

There are no costs associated with this course.Although it is necessary to buy the AQA specific text book as directed by the course staff.

Future opportunities

This qualification can lead to a number of career or university pathways in the realms of sport and physical activity. Examples are: Coaching and Sport Development, Physical Education, Physical Education with Qualified Teaching Status, sport therapy or physiotherapy, fitness instructor and other jobs within the leisure industry


For more detail about the course visit . There are good student resources for the different units of the course that you can read through


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: 08 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two years

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