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Physical Education A Level at Nelson and Colne College

Course description

A Level PE is an academic course that has practical components. Students will participate in their chosen sports and can be assessed in these; the grade will contribute towards a final examination result.

Study of Physical Education at A Level will enhance your knowledge and experience of PE and Sport, as well as giving you a deeper understanding of health issues. This A Level offers a multidisciplinary approach to the study of and participation in sport, play, leisure and recreation, allowing you to study movement, performance and behaviour in relation to PE.

You should enjoy science and looking at how the human body and mind is affected by sport participation and performance, and you should also be interested in the place of PE and sport in our society and how the subject has developed opportunities for participation. It goes without saying that you must also enjoy developing and acquiring skills and techniques in a variety of physical activities.

Course content

Units 1- 3 are theoretical areas including anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation.

Unit 2 is the practical element; you will participate in 2 practical activities. You can choose to  perform, officiate or coach your chosen sport/s.

A level PE students must play at least 2 sports to a very high level. One of the sports should be at least county standard or equivalent.

Entry requirements

You will be expected to have two Bs and three Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade C in Maths, English Language and Science. Students must also be playing sport to a reasonably high level in one sport and to a good level in a second sport.


60% is assessed by external exam. This written paper is taken during the summer term.

40% is assessed internally with an external moderation normally in May.

Future opportunities

Former students of this subject have gone to study at some of the UK’s top universities including; Loughborough University, the University of Northumbria, Lancaster University, the University of Leeds and Liverpool John Mores University.

They are reading exciting and challenging degree programmes such as Sports Equipment Product Design, Sport Psychology, Sports Management, Biomedical Sciences and Primary Education with QTS.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Nelson and Colne College directly.

Last updated date: 19 April 2016
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