A Level PE is an exciting qualification for students interested in sport, exercise and
science. Students learn about a variety of sports science derived topics, including
applied anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, sports psychology and sports
The recent government changes to A Level PE has
made the qualification more academic, with 70% of
the A Level now examined through written exams.
This is to provide a more suitable pathway for those
students wishing to study a BSc in Exercise and
Sport Sciences, which is offered by high performing
universities, such as Exeter and Bath. The remaining
30% is examined through either performing or
coaching in one sport, and through evaluating and
analysing performance. Students will also develop
transferable 'soft' skills that are in demand by Higher
Education and employers in all sectors of industry.
These skills include leadership, critical thinking,
problem solving, communication and teamwork.
AS and A2 includes:
Extending Your Experience
The course encourages you to take an active role in
sport. You could be involved in running tournaments,
visiting primary schools, attending conferences and
using university facilities as well as making use of our
own sports facilities. As an extension to the work, a few
students have trained as lifeguards and are employed by
our Sports Centre. This work can be linked to the Work
Experience Unit in the Upper Sixth course. It is hoped
that other courses may be linked to the leisure activities
in the community. Pupils are encouraged to become
involved in participating in National Governing Body
Coaching and Refereeing Awards.
B grade minimum English, Maths and Science. B
grade minimum in GCSE PE if taken. Distinction
minimum BTEC L2 Sport.
Must take part in at least one sport for an external
Where will this Course take me?
The course will allow students to further study PE
or Sports Science courses at university, as well as
other related subject areas such as Physiotherapy,
Biology, Psychology and Sociology.