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Physical Education A-Level at Lancaster Royal Grammar School

Course description

Why study PE?

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory. Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

What are lessons like?

This varies according to the module and the preferences of individual teachers. There is no typical lesson, some have didactic delivery; others have discussion; there is use of Power Point with student presentation; use of computers and internet research is a possibility and there may be some practical activity thrown in!

Course content

Topics that you will cover will include; joints movement and muscles; respiratory system during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery; ergogenic aids, rehabilitation of injury.

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for Year 12 (Lower Sixth) is at least seven Bs or better in the GCSE examinations, including a minimum of a B grade in any subject to be taken.  An A grade is required for A-level Mathematics.  All applicants need a minimum of a C grade in both English and Mathematics, regardless of the subjects they wish to take.  

Please note that at the end of the Lower Sixth, at least three grades at D or above are normally required to ensure progression into the Upper Sixth (Year 13).

Overseas applicants

We will accept an equivalent level of performance in your country’s exams and will require verification of results by your school. A report supporting your application from your current school will also be very important.  Please note that we can only accept overseas students who are UK passport holders.


  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). One practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity.
  • NEA. One Performance Analysis task.
  • A total of four hours assessment split over three examination papers (2 x 1 hour and 1 x 2 hour) taken at the end of the two year course.
  • A wide range of question types including: single mark, short answer and extended response questions.
  • The opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and performance skills in both your NEA and through the examinations.

Future opportunities

There are a variety of careers, not necessarily totally sport-related of course. Some examples of those that are sportrelated include sports science, dietician, physiotherapist, sports psychologist, sports leisure management, sports media reporting, sports sales and management – the world is your oyster!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Lancaster Royal Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 25 August 2016
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