Physical Education


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Exam board: AQA

'The vision of a champion is someone who is bent over, drenched in sweat, at the point of exhaustion when no-one is watching' Anson Dorrance

Who is it for?

Students with a genuine proven interest and involvement in sport during their school career to date. GCSE physical education as a background is desirable, but not essential.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general entrance requirements, you must have:

If GCSE PE has been taken: Grade 4 in GCSE PE and grade 4 in two science subjects

* Please be aware that the course is mainly theoretical.

Course content

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

- Applied anatomy and physiology

- Skill Acquisition

- Sport and Society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

- Exercise physiology and biomechanics

- Sport psychology

- Sport and society and technology in sport

Weekly commitment

10 hours over two weeks, combined with at least one hour of home study per hour of contact time, especially in theory areas.


The course is linear and is examined at the end of year 13 (see details below); however, the ‘analysis and evaluation’ element is required by the end of January in year 13, in order for internal moderation to take place. Additionally, video evidence of the practical performance is required no later than February half term in year 13.

2 examination papers (paper 1 and paper 2), each 2 hours long, worth 35% each

Coursework: this consists of an assessment in one practical activity; this can be as a performer or coach (but NOT as an official), along with an ‘analysis and evaluation of performance’ which can be submitted in either written format, or as a video recording of a verbal presentation. Together, these contribute 30% to the total marks

Career Prospects


Sports science/studies courses

Sports related physiotherapy

Leisure management

Sports psychology courses



For further information, contact:

Mrs L Benson or Mrs L Rattu