When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices. You will have an opportunity to discuss your subject choice during interview.

Is this course right for me?

This course is for learners who have a real interest in sports and fitness and compete or take a regular part in sport activities. The course will enable learners to:

  • Develop theoretical knowledge and understanding of the factors that underpin physical activity and sport and use this knowledge to improve performance 
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance 
  • Understand how physiological and psychological states affect performance 
  • Understand the role of technology in physical activity and sport 
  • Refine their ability to perform effectively in physical activity and sport by developing skills and techniques and selecting and using tactics, strategies and/or compositional ideas 
  • Develop their ability to analyse and evaluate to improve performance 
  • Understand the contribution that physical activity makes to health and fitness 
  • Improve as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. 

During the first year, learners will complete units 1 and 2 which are worth 40% of the A Level qualification:

Unit 1 - Exploring Physical Education (24% of the qualification)

Written examination: 1¾ hours. Contextualised questions to include multiple choice, data response, short and extended answers.

Lessons will focus on the following 4 areas of study:

  • Exercise physiology, performance analysis and training 
  • Sport psychology 
  • Skill acquisition 
  • Sport and society 

Unit 2 - Improving personal performance (16% of the qualification) 

  • Practical performance in one activity as a player/performer. 
  • Practical performance as a coach or official. 
  • Personal Performance Profile. 

During the second year, learners will complete units 3 and 4 which are worth 60% of the A Level qualification:

Unit 3 - Evaluating Physical Education (36% of the qualification)

Written examination: 2 hours. A range of questions to include data response, short and extended answers.

Lessons will focus on different aspects of the 4 AS areas of study for the examination:

  • Exercise physiology, performance analysis and training. 
  • Sport psychology 
  • Skill acquisition 
  • Sport and society 

Unit 4 - Improving personal performance (24% of the qualification)

Practical performance in one activity as a player/performer, coach or official. Most of the lessons will be delivered in the classroom. There will also be the occasional practical lesson to reinforce the lessons taught in the classroom.

Entry requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C or above to include the following: Physical Education (B)
  • Attendance at an interview 
  • Entry onto the full A Level is based on your performance at AS Level

Delivery:

  • Presentations 
  • Group work 
  • Classroom-based learning 
  • Tutorial support 
  • Educational visits 
  • Virtual learning environment 

Assessment:

  • Written exam
  • Practical performance in sport of choice
  • Course work

Progression:

A wealth of sports degrees such as:

  • Sport Science 
  • Sport Psychology 
  • Sport Managaement 
  • Sport Coaching