Why study PE?

As a talented sportsperson your skill, ability, motivation and brain power will be rewarded with a recognised academic qualification. A level PE covers an incredibly diverse and interesting range of topics.

In addition, much of the knowledge and understanding gained on the course can be applied to you as a sportsperson and used to improve your personal performance. By the end of the course you will be well rounded in the world of sport with knowledge in science, psychology and sociology. 

Exam Board:

AQA: www.aqa.org.uk

Course Outline:

1. Applied anatomy and physiology

2. Skill acquisition

3. Sport and society

4. Exercise physiology

5. Biomechanical movement

6. Sport psychology

7. Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport.

8. Non-Examined Assessment. One practical sport and coursework.

How you are assessed:

2 x 2 hour examinations will account for 70% of the assessment and will include a variety of question types: multiple-choice, short answer, levels of response answers up to 15 marks.

Students will need to supply detailed DVD evidence of their competitive performance in one sport from the syllabus. (15%)

Coursework: written/verbal analysis of performance. (15%)

Studying this subject could lead to a career in:

Physiotherapist, radiographer, podiatrist, doctor, PE teacher, outdoor education instructor, primary school teacher, armed forces, police force, journalist, sports business management, sport science, equipment design, nutrition, sports massage, fitness instructor, psychiatrist.

Subject requirements:

GCSE PE qualification desirable.

Students need to be performing at a competitive level in one of the sports listed on the syllabus. DVD footage of performance will be needed as evidence to gain marks in this section of assessment. (15%) This will be needed in February of the second year of the course. 

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