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Physical Education A Level

Course Overview

Physical Education at A Level provides students with a broad theoretical understanding of the key topic areas associated with sport, medicine, teaching, coaching and sports technology.  We support the acquisition of knowledge in these topic areas and apply, analyse and evaluate our understanding within sporting scenarios.

Physical Education consists of topic areas covering Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics, Skill Acquisition, Sports Psychology, Sports Society and Technology.

Students will use the knowledge they have acquired to analyse and evaluate current topical sports issues.

Physical Education at A-Level will provide students with a knowledge base that will prepare them for higher educational learning experiences and employment in the world of sport, medicine, psychology, exercise, fitness, nutrition and much more.


Course Components

Year 1 Components

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society

Year 2 Components

  • Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics
  • Sport Psychology
  • Sport and Society and Technology in Sport

Key Info

Minimum Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including: 

  • GCSE grade 4 or equivalent in a Level 2 PE qualification
  • Or GCSE grade 4 in English Language or Literature and GCSE grade 5 in any Science qualification or merit in a BTEC Science equivalent qualification if PE not taken


  • 70% Exam
  • 30% Coursework
    • 15% Practical performance in one chosen sport from the specification
    • 15% Written analysis and evaluation in one chosen sport from the specification
  • Exam Board: AQA


Subject Lead

Mrs S Smith

Why Choose this Course?

The world of sports science, exercise and elite sport is changing rapidly and the career opportunities and prospects within the sports field are ever-growing.

Physical Education at A-Level provides a broad and detailed knowledge base to inspire further higher educational studies and continued learning in a professional setting.

Whether it be a passion to further understand the anatomy and physiology of the human body, how aspects of physics need to be considered to maximise sporting performance or the role of the mind and how varying psychological factors can effect or enhance performance, then Physical Education offers the breadth of study you need.

Skills You Gain

It will enhance your knowledge base through supporting students in developing good effective and efficient study habits and routines. It will develop a student’s ability to apply their understanding to sporting scenarios and situations.

Students will think more analytically about aspects of sport and be able to evaluate factors that influence performance.

After Northgate

Degree level study, which could lead to employment within physiotherapy, sports medicine, sports science, nutrition, psychology, teaching, coaching and sports technology professions.

 "The topics are always interesting and its fun but challenging."

Contact Us

Northgate Sixth Form,
Sidegate Lane, Ipswich, IP4 3DL

Tel: 01473 210 123