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Physical Education A Level at Dormers Wells High School

Course description

This A level course allows learners to study Physical Education (PE) in an academic
setting, enabling them to critically analyse an evaluate their physical performance and apply their experience of practical activity in developing their knowledge and understanding of the subject.

Course content

A level PE will create confident, independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate effectively as individuals or as part of a team – all skills that will enable them to stand out and effectively promote themselves as they progress through life.

Entry requirements

A grade C in GCSE PE is desired. A combination of 9 for English and Maths (minimum of grade 4 in either) and three further A*-C GCSE passes including a grade C in GCSE Science (Core/Additional) or a grade C in GCSE Biology for Triple Science students.


Component 1:
  • Physiological factors affecting performance
  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanics
  • 30% of A Level
Component 2:
  • Psychological factors affectingperformance
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sports psychology
  • 20% of A Level
Component 3:
  • Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport
  • Sport and society
  • Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport
  • 20% of A Level
Component 4:
  • Performance in physical education
  • Performance or coaching
  • Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement
  • 30% of A Level


Future opportunities

This course will prepare learners for the further study of PE or sports science courses as well as other related subject areas such as psychology, sociology and biology.
Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, Higher Education and employers in all sectors of industry such as physiotherapy, leisure management and PE teaching.
Successful completion of A level Physical Education can also lead to a career as a coach or official within sport.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dormers Wells High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 December 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
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      However, the real measurement of a school is not in its building or resources. It is about the strength and effectiveness of the people who belong to its community. Our 2015 Ofsted inspection stated students are proud of their school. At the heart of everything we do are our students. Our curriculum is student-centred and we aim for their education to be inspiring, stimulating and challenging.  

      Our staff members, both teaching and support, are a dedicated and highly professional team with a genuine interest in the psychological and physical well-being, and development of each and every student. Our pastoral care systems ensure that the students are provided with every opportunity to realise their full potential. It is well known that the staff, students and parents of DWHS work in close partnership to ensure that all the necessary ingredients are in place to meet individual needs.