P.E (A Level)


Introduction to course

The A Level Physical Education course allows you to play to your strengths and gain dynamic theoretical and practical skills for further education or work. It gives you a strong foundation for understanding the main topics within the discipline of Sports Science, underpinning all forms of participation and performance in physical activity and Sport.

Disciplines covered offer a wide range of learning opportunities, including topics like Anatomy and Physiology, looking into the body systems and their impact on exercise; and Sport Psychology, which delves into the mind of performers. With every topic being so different, Physical Education is a subject that opens your eyes up to the world of Sport, whether you’re a recreational gym-goer or elite athlete.

Exam board/specification

AQA 7581/7582 Click here for more information form AQA on this course.


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Section 1 – Theory (70%)

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society
  • Exercise Physiology
  • Biomedical Movement
  • Sports Psychology
  • Role of Technology

Section 2 – Non-exam assessment (30%)

  • Performance in one chosen activity
  • Written analysis of performance (Coursework)


  • Section 1: Exam Paper 1 (35%) and Paper 2 (35%) – 2 hours each paper
  • Section 2: Internal practical assessment/coursework and External moderation (30%)

Progression Routes

An A Level in Physical Education can lead to careers within the Sports and Leisure industries, including: PE teaching/coaching, exercise physiology, physiotherapy, Sports development, fitness/leisure centre management, Sports therapist and many more. A-Level PE is also classed as a ‘Science’ for certain University entry requirements which can contribute to a vast range of BSc courses outside of sport (it is important that you check the specific requirements for each University to see if this applies).