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Physical Education A Level at St Crispin's School

Course description

This course is an innovative approach to the study of Physical Education and sport, providing variety and flexibility. It offers a large choice of activities and roles and covers current contemporary topics in sport. This course has a weighting of 60/40 in favour of theory content which provides balance.

It is designed to help students enhance their own performance in sport through developing their knowledge and analytical skills. For this reason it is essential that students are still actively involved in sport throughout the duration of the course.

Course content


Unit 1 - Participation in Sport and Recreation. For this section of the course students will study a range of topics covering anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and opportunities for participation in sport.

Unit 2 – The Critical Sport Performer. Students will be prepared for a practical performance assessment as player, official or coach in two activities and/ or areas.


Unit 3 – Preparation for Optimum Sport Performance. For this unit students will cover a further three areas: Applied Exercise Physiology, Sport Psychology and The Development of Elite Sport.

Unit 4 – The Advanced Sports Performer. Students will complete an assessment of personal performance as a player, official or coach in a full game or competitive competition. This also includes a written piece of performance analysis coursework.

Entry requirements

GCSE PE grade B or above. Students who have not studied PE at GCSE level will need to present examples of their work that have recently been undertaken.



Future opportunities

Students who have previously completed the course have gone on to study a variety of sports related courses at university such as sports science, sports coaching, sports psychology & physiotherapy.

For those who do not wish to attend higher education a career in coaching, personal training or the leisure industry would be possible after studying this subject at A2 level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Crispin's School directly.

Last updated date: 09 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years