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Physical Education AS/A2 Level at Northampton School for Boys

Course description

A Level PE offers a varied course mixing several strands of theory.

The courses are based on modular sessions incorporating 3 theoretical areas. 

AS Level:

  • Acquisition of Skill,
  • Anatomy + Physiology,
  • Contemporary Studies in Sport.

A2 Level:

  •  History of Sport,
  • Psychology of Sport,
  • Exercise Physiology.

Timetable constraints mean we cannot offer practical lessons in curriculum time. Students are expected to show commitment to their development in two sports outside of lesson time.  They will also be expected to fulfill coursework requirements on their chosen activity. This will contain information on teaching points, coaching drills, evaluations and training plans.

Entry requirements

Along with the School’s minimum requirements, you will need a minimum grade B in Biology for triple Science or BB in double science.

A Level PE is an enjoyable but academically demanding subject. It is also expected that students have a good grasp of English language.


There are termly assessments and internal examinations throughout the course.


At the end of Year 12 the AS Level examination comprises of one external paper, two hours in duration. Students will be assessed on one question from each of the theoretical areas.

If the student studies the subject through to A2 Level they will have one examination of two hours 30 minutes.  Practical assessment is ongoing throughout both Year 12 and Year 13.   

You will be assessed in two sports at AS Level, one of which may be in the role of coach or officiator, and will observe a live performance and give an oral response for the coursework element of the course.

Future opportunities

PE can be studied alongside most subjects, but there are natural links.  Biology and the Sciences blend well to move to Higher Education in Medicine, Physiotherapy and Sports Coaching.  English and History could lean towards Sports Journalism.

  Economics and Business would lay foundations for Sports Management or perhaps the world of Marketing and Advertising. Many students find that A Level PE gives them a good grounding for a course in PE Teaching and go on to study at Loughborough and University of Bedfordshire (Bedford).

Experience has shown that PE can be combined with a wide range of other A Level subjects.

The possibilities are very flexible and the opportunities for further education and careers are extensive. 

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years