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Physical Education

A level

The sports industry is an integral part of modern society and at a professional level is a lucrative business. On our A level PE course, you will go on a journey that will take you through many different avenues of the sports industry and, in particular, the application of sport science.

You will be given the opportunity to specialise in one chosen sport, by either performing or coaching and linking this to a written project where you will study and aspect of your performance to enhance and develop tour individual level. Throughout the course, you will be required to demonstrate and apply your knowledge of the factors underpinning involvement in physical activity and sport, and analyse and evaluate those factors in sports performance.

If you are considering studying degrees such as Physical Education teaching, Physiotherapy, Sport Psychology or Sport and Exercise Science our course is ideal preparation.

Course Content

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.

You will gain an insight into how the body and mind work together to influence sports performance, both positively and negatively. Focusing on science you will look at how it is now widely applied to the sports industry at all levels, from the importance of physical training for sports performance to the influence of Biomechanics in the analysis of individual and team performance.

You will also consider the influence of nutrition on sports performance, as well as looking at sport and its influence on society through history and in the present day.

The course consists of three components. Component 1 introduces theory behind five areas while Component 2 builds on the theory, with an emphasis on the 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.


  • 70% Exam
  • 30% Coursework
  • Exam Board: WJEC

Special Features

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.

You will also get support and experiences with possible career progression routes via university trips and workshops e.g. our annual visit to Anglia Ruskin University Sport and Exercise Science department.

Entry Requirements

  • At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths.
  • Grade 4,4 in GCSE Science.
  • Grade 4 in GCSE PE, or equivalent, if taken.
  • Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs. 

After Long Road

The study of Physical Education can lead to further studies or a career in sport and exercise science, physiotherapy and sports coaching / management.

Here are some examples of degrees being taken by PE students who recently completed PE at Long Road…

  • Physiotherapy at Sheffield Hallam,
  • Exercise, Nutrition and Health at Nottingham Trent,
  • Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Kent
  • Physical Education at Leeds Beckett.
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