Physical Education, A-Level


This is an academic and practical study of physical education, opening the door to a vast array of university sports courses and a huge range of opportunities in sports science, therapy and coaching, teacher training and leisure management. It’s a great way to reflect on and develop your own sporting performance and coaching, as well as developing an analytical approach that will be useful in any university and career choice.

The emphasis throughout the course is on the development of your knowledge, competence and confidence in a wide variety of skills. You will learn how Physical education affects and contributes to society and also how to apply your knowledge from this course to any number of different practical situations or career choices. The course is a linear course and will be assessed with formal exams after two years of study.

This is a highly respected subject and is a must for careers in Sport, Recreation and PE Teaching. It also dovetails well with many other subjects.


Type of study
Examination board

Availability & Details

Physical Education, A Level HF-PHEDAL-D(1718)000

Havant Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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The entry requirements to an A Level programme is five GCSEs at grade 4 or above (A*-C), including English Language and Mathematics.

You will also need single or additional science GCSE at grade 4 or above.

Different methods of enquiry are encouraged to study the interaction between the theory and practice of Physical Education.

  • These areas are studied:
  • Anatomy and physiology
  • Acquisition of skill
  • Socio-cultural studies
  • Exercise and sport physiology
  • History of sport
  • Psychology of sport
  • Practical sport

You will study one practical sports activity.


All of our lecturers are leading subject and industry professionals. 

We use digital innovation in delivering teaching and learning. On the Havant Campus, Google for Education technology is embedded throughout the College’s curriculum, equipping you with skills in industry-recognised cloud-based applications for your onward career journey.

On the Havant Campus, Physical Education is taught within our Sport Hall, International Astro Turf, playing fields and classrooms.

The College offers a variety of teaching and learning approaches including lectures, tutorials, studios, workshops, presentations and group discussions

You’ll go on trips to local universities and strength and conditioning facilities. You will have the opportunity to represent Team Havant in a wide range of sporting activities.


Non-Exam Assessment. One practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity.

NEA. One Performance Analysis task.

A total of four hour assessment split over three examination papers taken at the end of the two year course.

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My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

I’m really happy and pleased with my grades. I really loved my time at the college, I have also made lots of friends, it’s a really nice place to be, I don’t want to leave.

Lauren Piper, A Level student

My experience at the college was great, it’s very different to school, and I think it’s a good step to going to university. The support was amazing, I loved all of my teachers, they helped me through everything. The college is friendly and you will succeed.

Heidi Adamson Brattland, A Level student