Physical Education

A Level

students playing rugby

Availability & Details

Physical Education, A-Level AF-PHEDAL-D(0000)000

Alton Campus

Type of study
A Levels, Full Time

Academic Year 2021-22 (2 years)

Examination board

Apply Now

How to apply

Contact us


Studying Physical Education will equip you with a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding of skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of Physical Education. If you have a real interest in not only the practical aspect but also in how we learn skills, how the body functions when in action and the factors that influence participation, then you will find the subject enjoyable and challenging. This course will prepare you for the further study of PE or Sports Science courses as well as other related subject areas such as Psychology, Sociology and Biology. You will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by further education, higher education and employers in all sectors of industry.

You should normally have achieved at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4. In addition, you should have at least grade 5 in a science GCSE.

It is an expectation and requirement that you are an active competitive participant in your chosen activity throughout the duration of the course.

On this course, you will study the following:

  • How the body responds to sport and physical exercise with regards to the different systems of the body, such as e.g Cardiovascular, Respiratory and Musculoskeletal
  • Analysis of Movement using biomechanics theories and principles such as planes of motion, Newton’s Laws and lever systems
  • Current training techniques and learn how technology is playing its part with regards to analysing and improving performance
  • Psychology of Sport and performance and research different theories such Vealeys’ model of sports confidence and Weiner’s model of attribution
  • The emergence and evolution of modern sport and understand how sport developed from pre-industrial Britain to a multi-million pound industry

Lessons are a combination of theory and practical with the main emphasis on classroom-based learning. You are expected to play sport competitively and be prepared to have an active role in all lessons. Suitable trips will be planned throughout the year.

70% Theory
– Physiological Factors – 2 hour paper (30%)
– Psychological Factors – 1 hour paper (20%)
– Socio-Cultural & Contemporary Issues – 1 hour paper (20%)

– Evaluation of Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) and Practical or Coaching Performance

We are only able to accept certain activities to be assessed: Association Football, Amateur Boxing, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Blind Cricket, Boccia, Camogie, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gaelic Football, Goal Ball, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Polybat, Powerchair Football, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sculling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Swimming, Table Cricket, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Rugby.

Optional trips from £20 each.

"The course is very interactive and includes a wide range of interesting topics."

Sam Juncker, previously at Amery Hill School

"I enjoy the psychological aspects of the course as it gives you an insight into the performer's mentality as well as their physical abilities."

Hannah Arbury, previously at Amery Hill School