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!

Please note that this is an academic A Level. Whilst there is naturally a strong practical element, the topics you study will see you using both statistical and scientific knowledge and skills.

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


Educate, Enrich, Enlighten

This course is an ideal choice for students who are passionate about sport and sport performance and want to expand their knowledge and understanding of a wide range of areas such as the science and psychology behind elite athlete performance. You’ll also benefit from our state-of-the-art facilities including Sports Barn, onsite Fitness Suite, Sports Laboratory and outdoor pitches.

Your experience will be enhanced by our dedicated and passionate teachers who are subject specialists. You’ll broaden your horizons and skills and build your cultural capital. Some of the experiences our students enjoy include:

  • Work placements, including to international destinations and organisations such as Opta Sports
  • Visiting guest speakers who play at a national and international level
  • Trips and visits to universities, and venues such as the National Cycling Centre

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.

Students who gain this qualification progress on to a wide range of destinations, and the opportunities you can experience are vast. There are naturally progression routes within the industry, but our students also continue their studies at degree level and secure careers in areas such as coaching, teaching and leisure centre management.

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Our extensive extra-curricular programme supports you to grow your skills inside and outside of the classroom. 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

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