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Physical Education

A level

Physical Education is ideal preparation for those who may be considering studying courses such as Physical Education teaching, Physiotherapy, Sport Psychology or Dietetics. You will gain an insight into how the body and mind work together to influence sports performance, both positively and negatively.

Please note; may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2020 Course Costs.

Course Content

The course consists of three components. Component 1 introduces theory behind five areas while Component 2 builds on the theory, with an emphasis on how these areas are integrated to apply to performance.

The 5 areas of study are:

  • Exercise physiology, training and performance;
  • movement analysis, technology and biomechanics;
  • sport psychology;
  • skill acquisition;
  • sport and society.

Component 3 is a practical component where you will perform as a player or a coach in one chosen sport available from a list of activities supplied by the examination board. Your work on your chosen sport will be supported by a written assignment of approximately 3,500 words in which you will investigate and research methods to improve physical or technical aspects of your practical performance.


  • 100% exam

Is it for me?

This course will be ideal for you if you have a strong interest in sport and the theory of sport. It will help you to understand and apply theoretical work to improve your own sporting performance.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4 including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 4 in a Science GCSE with high Biology content.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE PE or a Merit in Level 2 Sport if taken.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.
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