Subject: PE

‘A’ Level Physical Education builds on students' experience from Key Stage 4 to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work. This specification gives students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport, such as performer, official or coach. The content addresses contemporary topics in sport, such as the impact in the use of ergogenic aids, technology and the increasing commercialisation of sport.  

Skills Attained:

The course aims to develop the students’ understanding of the factors influencing performance, the skills needed to analyse, evaluate and improve performance, and the capacity to think critically about the factors in performance. It also plays a significant role in developing communication, leadership and organisational skills as well as improvement in personal sporting performance.


Year 1: - Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. The beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle, the physiological effects of exercise and movement analysis, how people acquire sports skills, opportunities for participation.

Unit 2 (practical): analysis and evaluation of physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s (official, leader, coach). You will select ONE sport and be assessed on your ability to: perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and a structured practice as a performer AND in an adopted role.

Year 2: - Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport; applied physiology to optimise performance, psychological aspects that optimise performance, evaluating contemporary influences

Unit 4 (practical): Unit 4 (practical): Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation. This unit is designed to build upon your Year 12 work on roles and performances - you will choose one and optimise your performance in it. This is assessed practically and through a written document which requires the analysis of performance, comparing to an elite performer and identifying approaches to improve both physical performance and tactical strategies. 

Future Opportunities:

Studying’ A’ Level PE will prepare you for studying a wide variety of courses at university including; sports science, sports studies, leisure management, qualified teacher status degrees, sports therapy, physiotherapy and many other combinations. Many opportunities in the Sport and Fitness industry exist from working in a football club, working within a local gym, forming a career as a sports scientist or sports therapy.