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Physical Education A Level at Aylesbury High School

Course description

Why study Physical Education?

Studying A Level Physical Education gives you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both our own and others’ everyday lives. You learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport. A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, physiotherapy, healthcare, or exercise and health.

Course content

Topics include

● Applied anatomy and physiology

● Exercise physiology

● Biomechanics

● Skill acquisition

● Sports psychology

● Sport and society contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

● Performance or Coaching

● Evaluation of Performance for Improvement (EPI)

Entry requirements

If you have studied Physical Education at GCSE level, a grade 6 is required. Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE but many are new. If you have not studied GCSE PE, a grade 6 in Biology is required.


One practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity Non Examination Assessment 15%

One Performance Analysis (EAPI) task Non Examination Assessment 15%

Three examination papers (2 x 1 hour and 1 x 2 hour) taken at the end of the two year course

Financial information

Annual fee for an online revision and support resource - £15

Possible University of Loughborough or Bath sport science visit/residential - approx. £90

Further information

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). One practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity. This allows each student to pursue their own pathway and to express their individuality. As of October 2018, students participating in summer sports (eg athletics, tennis, cricket) may use video evidence from the summer of Year 11.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 22 November 2018

Key information

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