Exam Board: AQA    Duration: 2 years    Entry Requirements: Grade 5-5 in Combined Science, Grade 4 in GCSE Mathematics and Grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

Reasons to study Physical Education A Level


Have you ever wondered why some people can run faster than others? Or how your personality affects your performance? Or even how you could become an elite sports performer? Through a Physical Education A Level, you could find the answers to these questions.

The subject involves an academic study of physical activity and its practical performance. The A Level PE course is the ideal platform to start building the foundations to a career in the sports industry e.g. Sport Scientist, Sports Psychologist, Sports Coaching and Sports Development.

If you have a desire to gain a greater understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, you love playing sports, and are a dedicated sports performer, then A Level Physical Education is for you.

Course Outline


The A Level PE course has 4 discrete units to be studied over the two years.

Physiological factors affecting performance:
Applied anatomy and physiology
Exercise physiology
Biomechanics

Psychological factors affecting performance:
Skill acquisition
Sports psychology

Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport:
Sport and society
Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

Performance in physical education:
Practical performance: you will be assessed on your practical performance in one activity from the approved activities list.

You will be required to demonstrate your use of tactics and techniques, your ability to observe the rules and conventions under applied conditions. Practical assessment of candidates must be within full competitive situations.

Evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement (EAPI): you will observe a live performance by a peer and analyse and critically evaluating their performance.

Assessment Outline


This is a two-year course. In the second year of the course, you will take three external exams that assess content covered in the first and second year.

Written exams: physiological (30%), psychological (20%) and social cultural (20%).
These make up 70% of the A Level.

These exams range from 1-2 hour and will be a mixture of short answer and essay questions.

Practical element of the course: performance (15%) and analysing performance (15%).
These make up 30% of the A Level.

Please note that the practical element is a very small contributor to your overall grade.

Progression Routes and Career Paths


  • Personal Trainer
  • Sports Coach
  • PE Teacher
  • Sports Therapist
  • Fitness Centre Manager
  • Athletic Trainer
  • Event Coordinator
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Sports Psychologist
  • Recreation Officer
  • Exercise Physiologist
  • Health Club Manager
  • Community Sports Coach
  • Sports Journalist

The Romero’s PE Department


PE at Romero’s has an exceptional track record of results at GCSE, among the strongest in the country.

Lessons are engaging and exciting and challenge students physically and cognitively.

Staff are experienced and specialists within their field relating directly to the areas of study.

A variety of in-house and community-based performance opportunities

Develop leadership skills through the role of Sports Ambassadors and lead on sports team for lower school students.

Further Information


For more information or if you have any questions about the A Level Physical Education course please contact:

Mr L Durr – Subject Leader for Physical Education [email protected]