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Sport and Physical Education AS and A Level at Tapton School

Course description

Examination Assesment

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquistion
  • Sport and society
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport

Non-examination assessment

Students will produce a video with their practical/coaching performance which must show the skills specified by the exam board.  They must film a number of competitions/matches that shows consistency in their performance and ensure the video does their sporting/coaching ability justice as only what is on the video can be marked.

Students will produce a piece of coursework focusing on detailed analysis of themselves as a performer and design an action plan to improve any weaknesses they find.  This will be delivered in lesson time and completed at home and be submitted before the examination period begins.

Course content

Within both the OCR and AQA specifications students will learn:

  • How the body responds to exercise - study of circulatory, respiratory and musculoskeletal systems.
  • How training enables the body to adapt, develop and improve.
  • How to analyse movement and apply biomechanics to a range of sporting actions
  • How sports injuries can be effectively treated.
  • The concepts of health and fitness
  • How to optimise performance through appropriate nutrition
  • How specialist training methods can aid performance.
  • How to input and process information and make effective decisions.
  • How movements are executed, controlled and retained.
  • How learning takes place and how appropriate practise, guidance and feedback can enhance performance.
  • How to control emotions and arousal to optimise performance
  • Psychological theories of personality, aggression, confidence, leadership and group dynamics.
  • Concepts and provision of active leisure, recreation, sport, play, physical education and outdoor education.
  • Opportunities for and barriers that may prevent participation in sport and active leisure.
  • How political, social and historical antecedents have impacted upon the provision for sport and physical education in the UK.
  • The structure of elite sport and how elite sport is organised in the UK.
  • The benfits and drawbacks of hosting world games.
  • The history and development of the modern Olympic Games.

Entry requirements

Level 5 or above in Mathematics and English and a strong and significant level of sporting performance and regular participation in competitive fixtures or equivalent. 

Completion of AS to a grade E is needed to progress to the A level course.



  • Paper 1 will be sat at the end of Year 12 and is a 2 hour exam.  It is 70% of a students total mark.
  • Practical/coaching performance and coursework make up 30%


  • paper 1 and paper 2 will both be sat at the end of Year 13 and are both 2 hour examinations.  It is 70% of a student's final mark.
  • Practical/coaching performace make up 30%.

Future opportunities

Due to the diverse and high academic nature of the course, A Level PE is a fantastic option to take for many career paths including physiotherapy, biomedical science, sports science courses as well as coaching and teaching degrees.  Sport, physical education, health and well being and fitness are all huge growth areas and there are a huge amount of jobs available in these fields

Further information

Students must be involved in sport through regualr club and/or extra-curricualr participation.  To succeed at A-level Physical Education, students must have sound academic credentials together with a strong sporting background and regularly participate at a high standard in one sport in the capacity of either a performer or coach.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 15 November 2018

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year for AS Level and 2 years for A Level