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A Level Physical Education at Merchants’ Academy

Course description

Why should I choose PE?

If you have a keen interest in a range of sports and the various roles associated with them such as performer, leader and official. If you perform, lead and/or officiate regularly, and to a high levelIf you have an interest in pursuing a career in sport or study sport at University. If you are keen to learn about the theory behind sports performance, healthy and active lifestyles and sport development.

Course content

AS – in year one you will study 2 units; Unit 1 Participation in Sport and Recreation and Unit 2 The Critical Sports Performer.

A2 – in year two you will study a further 2 units; Unit 3 Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance and Unit 4 The Developing Sports Performer.


AS – Unit 1 The assessment of this unit is through a 1 hour and 30 minute examination paper which is set and marked by Edexcel. The paper will be a question-and-answer booklet, consisting of shortanswer and extended-writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

AS – Unit 2 is practically and internally assessed in four tasks. Performance will be assessed in two performances as a performer, leader and/or official, one project that examines the roles of performer, leader and official at local and national level and a final analysis of performance.

A2 – Unit 3 The assessment of this unit is through a 2- hour examination paper which is set and marked by Edexcel. The paper will be a question-and-answer booklet, consisting of short-answer and extended writing type questions, all of which are compulsory.

A2 – Unit 4 will be an internally assessed set of tasks that will enable students to develop and progress their practical performance.

Future opportunities

Studying A level PE would provide opportunities for students to pursue a career in the sports industry, sports coaching and sports development as well as enabling them to further their studies at college or university.

Further information

Please direct your questions to any member of the PE department, or visit the Edexcel website:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Merchants’ Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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    • Merchants’ Academy Sixth Form aims to provide students with knowledge, understanding and experiences that are essential for the successful transition from school to university, employment or further training. We know that this is a critical time for students and we are committed to ensuring that our Sixth Formers leave the Academy with skills that will prepare them for adult life.

      We understand that each student has their own ambitions and aspirations; we want to help make these achievable, by offering support, guidance and courses that will enable our students to leave the Academy with qualifications that are held in high regard by universities and employers.

      We also want our students to have the opportunity to try new activities, meet new people, test their skills and capabilities and learn how to lead. We therefore offer a wide variety of enrichment activities to appeal to the different interests of all our students. We hope that they will leave Merchants’ Academy with a unique set of memories, knowing they have gained more than their academic qualifications. This helps to ensure their CV and UCAS application will stand out from the crowd. This, alongside the excellent careers’ guidance and our supportive tutor system, will mean that they receive the individual support necessary for them to be successful in their future.

      We know that post 16 students are faced with choices and decisions which will change their futures and shape their lives.