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P.E. A2 at Queensbury School

Course description

This new A Level course follows on from the AS Level in Physical Education. It is an interesting course with aspects of Sports Psychology, Exercise Physiology and practical assesment.

Course content

In the second year there are TWO main study topics:

1.The first continues with the theme of optimising performance of an athlete. This includes how physiology can improve performance for elite athletes as well as studying the important topics within sport today.

2.Performance in competitive situations. This includes the observation and analysis of weaknesses, along with ways of correcting any errors the athlete is making.

Entry requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 A*-C grades (or equivalent) in your GCSEs, including at least a grade C in the related subject.

To progress onto the second year, you need to gain at least a pass grade from the first year.


The assessment for the second year is the same.

1. A two hour paper on the first subject topic of the year which accounts for 60% of your marks.

2. Practical performance in a competitive situation as a coach, official or performer along with your oral and written presentation on how to correct weaknesses in an athlete. This will account for 40% of marks for the total year.

Future opportunities

The subjects you learn will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you be better at sport. This A' level opens up a whole number of career options including sports scientist, physiotherapist, teaching or working for a national governing body.

Will it fit in my life?

PE goes well with other subjects. No matter what your career ambition, if you are passionate about sport, this course is great to take alongside other topics.

What to do next? Ideally you should have at least 5 GCSE grades C and above. It is an advantage although not necessary to have studied GCSE PE to at least a Grade C standard. If you would like more information please see a member of the PE department who will answer any queries.

Further information

Please see Mrs Hammond for further information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years