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Physical Education A Level at Saffron Walden County High School

Course description

This course covers a diverse range of topics. Not only will you discover how the body
works, but you will learn about the health benefits of physical activity and how
performance can be enhanced, analysed and monitored. You will study sport
psychology, nutrition, sports injury prevention and management, and the sports
industry. You will develop an understanding of the role of sport in the past and future.
Sport and Fitness is a fast-growing business. If you’re keen on sport, you can make
a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club,
becoming a personal trainer, or training to be a physiotherapist, there are multiple
career opportunities. PE goes well with other subjects; if you want a career in
Physical Education, you might also consider taking Biology or Psychology

Course content

Year 13

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport , society and technology in sport

Entry requirements

GCSE 5 in PE + 5 in a Science subject.


The new AS and A-Level Physical Education is 70% theory and 30% non-exam assessment (practical performance), of which 15% is based on students assessed in the role of player/performer or coach, and 15% is analysis and evaluation of performance.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saffron Walden County High School directly.

Last updated date: 18 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years