2018 Physical Education Course

Course Information

This course is 70% written exams and 30% practical. There are 2 written exams , both 2 hours and both worth 35%. Practical assessment is 30% and includes written analysis of performance. The content studied is below:

Overview of the unit content

  1. Applied anatomy and physiology
  2. Skill acquisition
  3. Sport & society
  4. Exercise physiology
  5. Biomechanical movement
  6. Sports psychology
  7. Sport & society & the role of technology in physical activity and sport


PE Course Breakdown and Method of Assessment

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sportFactors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sportNon-exam assessment:
Practical performance in physical activity and sport
What's assessedApplied anatomy and physiology
Skill acquisition
Sport and society
Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Sport psychology
Sport and society and technology in sport
Students assessed as a performer of coach in the full sided version of one activity
Plus: Written/verbal analysis of performance
How it's assessed2 hour exam
105 marks
35% of the A Level
2 hour exam
105 marks
35% of the A Level
Internal assessment, external moderation
90 marks
30% of the A Level
QuestionsSection A: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section B: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section C: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section A: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section B: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)
Section C: Multiple choice, short answer and extended writing (35 marks)

Practical performance

Students are required to be assessed in one activity in the role of player/performer or coach. Students will be assessed on their ability to execute the core skills/techniques outlined in the specific activity criteria, in a fully competitive situation/equivalent scenario. All performers should demonstrate their range of skills and will be assessed on their execution of recognised techniques, compliance with the official rules and regulations, accuracy, consistency and outcome. The application of skills and techniques will be assessed through the implementation of appropriate strategies and tactics to optimise their performance to create effective attacking and defensive options/equivalent situations depending on the requirements of individual activities through the practical performance.

Course requirements

To access this course we recommend at least a grade ‘6’ on the GCSE PE Course OR at least a ‘Distinction’ Level 2 OCR. We would expect a high score on the GCSE PE written paper and you need to be a capable performer in ONE practical activity or an ability to coach at a good level in ONE activity. This means taking part in regular sport at a ‘good level’ OUTSIDE of school training and competing or coaching regularly. You will need to be able to use your knowledge and understanding and apply it to longer answers that are well constructed and demonstrate your depth of knowledge.

What type of student is this course suitable for?

You need to have a love of sport and want to learn everything and anything about it! A passionate interest in the world of sport will help to develop a wide knowledge base and give you modern day examples to use in lessons and help deepen your understanding. You will need to have commitment to study / work hard outside of lessons, high levels of practical ability in at least one sport and be competing / training outside of school, good written communication skills, the ability to apply knowledge to a range of sporting situations and proven ability in a sports based course in Year 11.

Where could this course take you?

A variety of careers await including:

  • Physiologist— you can work in wellness, training, testing and research etc.
  • Sports Training — Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, fitness instructors.
  • Sports Medicine — medical practitioners, physiotherapists, physical therapists, sports trainer.
  • Sports Nutritionist — a career mixing food and athletes.
  • Sports Coach — if you can’t do it yourself, tell others how to do it.
  • Educational Sport Psychologist—get into the minds of top performers.
  • Bio-mechanist — solving problems to get the best performances.
  • Sport Journalist — write about what you like to watch.
  • Administration — work with any sport as an assistant or facilities manager
  • Sports Photography — getting right next to the action to take photos
  • Sports Marketing — big business—including the job as a Sports Agent.

What our students say

“We study so much about the world of sport and everything to do with sport.”

“A course I really enjoyed, if you love sport then do this course!”

“There’s so much about sport I never realised, I particularly enjoyed learning about the History of Sport in Britain!”

“Its great actually enjoying what you choose for A Level, it made it easier to study as I was more interested in the work and it motivated me to want to achieve a good grade”

“It was amazing learning about how the body changes and reacts to exercise, I really enjoyed the Anatomy and     Physiology, the Nutrition and discussing how sport has changed in the 20th Century!”

Course Information
  • Course level:A Level
  • Exam Board:AQA