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Physical Education AS & A Level at Newcastle-under-Lyme College

Course description

The course is designed to equip learners with both a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. The course aims to create confident independent thinkers and effective decision makers who can operate as individuals or as part of a team – all skills that will enable learners to effectively promote themselves as they progress through life.

Entry requirements

The standard entry requirement for A Level study is 3 grade Cs and 2 Bs including Maths and English Language at GCSE. A new grade scale is in operation for Maths and English which is numerical. The equivalent to a B grade will be a 6 and the equivalent to a C grade will be 5 for entry requirement purposes. For Physical Education this must include:

~GCSE Additional Science (preferably Biology) at grade B or above
~Regular participation in competitive sport outside College.


This qualification is linear, which means all students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the two years. Assessment is comprised of three external examinations and two moderated practical based assessment with a verbal evaluation of performance.

Paper 1 (2 hour written exam) 90 marks
Contributes to 30% of final grade
Physiological factors affecting performance:
1.1 Applied anatomy & physiology
1.2 Exercise Physiology
1.3 Biomechanics

Paper 2 (1 hour written exam) 60 marks
Contributes to 20% of final grade
Psychological factors affecting performance
2.1 Skill Acquisition
2.2 Sports psychology

Paper 3 (1 hour written exam) 60 marks
Contributes to 20% of final grade
Socio-cultural factors affecting performance
3.1 Sport & Society
3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity & sport

Non-exam assessment (internal assessment, external moderation)
Contributes to 30% of final grade
4.1 Practical performance or coach in full-sided fully-competitive activity
4.2 Verbal analysis of a peer’s performance (EAPI)

You will learn by experiencing a varied programme that includes interactive lectures, small group work, practical performance, a range of learning games and use of the College’s Intranet (i-site). Progress in learning will be monitored using regular assessments that will be completed in class which will reflect the structure and rigour of the end of course external exams.

Financial information

Newcastle Maintenance Allowance (NMA): Anyone with a household income under £21,000 can receive £20 per week financial support to help pay for travel and meals and meet the costs of essential trips, books, stationery and equipment. The payments will be subject to full attendance on your course. A range of other financial support is available, depending on your personal circumstances.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of the course gives you a qualification that is accepted for entry into Higher Education for studies in a variety of Physical Education related fields including primary and secondary teaching, sports science, physiotherapy, sports therapy, sports psychology and physiology.

Further information

Students are expected to be competing in their chosen sport on a regular basis and video evidence will be submitted for practical assessment and external moderation. We also strongly recommend that all students purchase a relevant text book for the course.

Email the course leader, Mel Harling, at:


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle-under-Lyme College directly.

Last updated date: 17 November 2016
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