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A2 Physical Education at John Colet School

Course description

There is significant extended writing in the theory part of the course and in the exams. Students have to be confident in written analysis and application of theories.

Students must be taking part in sporting activity outside of school and should not rely on the school to provide sporting opportunities, as the course is very theoretical. However, all students will be mentored by a member of the PE Department on a regular basis. Students must therefore have a clear understanding of how and where they will take part in their chosen sports

Course content

The practical coursework element of Year 13 comprises one sport followed in Year 12 looking at just the performance within a games situation. The sport must be done outside of school time with final assessment completed by Easter of Year 13.

The written piece of coursework in Year 13 is based on the student’s assessment of their sporting performance in comparison to an elite performer. This is handed in by February half term of Year 13.

Entry requirements

Students must obtain at least a C grade in GCSE PE and in English Language or Literature. Students need to be taking part in sporting activity outside of school so the practical element of the course is accessible.

However, if the student has not taken GCSE PE, the department may allow a suitable candidate to start the course if they are taking part in club sport outside of school, has at least a grade C in English Language or Literature and a grade C in a Science.


Summer Year 13:
PHED 4 Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation. One sport as a performer (10% of A Level) and a written piece of coursework (10% of A Level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John Colet School directly.

Last updated date: 27 April 2015
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