Are you looking for a course where you can learn about the physiological and psychological factors that underpin sports performance? Do you want to learn more about how sport influences society, whilst developing your performance in your chosen practical area? If you’re looking for a challenging and interesting learning experience, then A Level Physical Education is for you!

You'll need to meet the entry criteria for your chosen pathway and a grade 5 in GCSE Biology or Combined Science. Evidence of a strong practical performance in a named sport is essential.

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Some of the topics you will study include:

- Applied anatomy and physiology
- Skill acquisition
- Sport and society
- Exercise physiology
- Biomechanical movement
- Sport psychology
- Technological developments

Our teachers are subject specialists and experts in their field. In addition to an outstanding experience in the classroom, you can expect a range of trips, visits and inspiring guest speakers. Students have enjoyed experiences such as work placements at Opta Sports, the chance to be a Sports Ambassador and host events and trips to universities and venues such as the National Cycling Centre.

There are plenty of extra-curricular Sports based activities too. From trialling to join a Sports Academy and daily sports based sessions to the option to use our onsite gym and officiating at local fixtures, you can fuel your passion for sport inside and outside of the classroom.

The course has two examinations accounting for 70% of your final grade plus a practical assessment, 15% where you will be assessed as a performer or a coach, and 15% written coursework.

Our students commonly progress to degrees in areas such as Sports Science, Healthcare or Sports Management. This course also complements degrees in areas such as Human Biology, Physics, Nutrition or Psychology. More widely, this subject develops highly valued, transferable skills such as decision making, analytical skills and dealing with pressure, so it offers almost limitless opportunities.

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Whilst naturally this course features a strong practical element, it is important to understand that there is also a strong scientific and statistical nature as you will be developing a detailed knowledge of areas such as physiology and anatomy. This is partly why A Level Physical Education is a great option if you are looking to pursue studies or employment in areas such as Sports Studies or Physiotherapy. 

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