Physical Education A Level

Level 1 Diploma
Course Location


Marple College



Course Overview

A Level Physical Education is an ideal course for learners who wish to develop their understanding of key issues within sport. You will study anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, and the impact of exercise on the body systems. You will study the psychology of sports performance and how performers acquire and develop skills within sports. You will also study sport in society. This includes topics such as the history of sport in the UK, the impact of technology upon performance, and deviance in sport.

Further Details


College 16-18

Start Date


Course Duration

- 2 Years


A Levels

5 GCSEs at grade 5 or above, including a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language and Maths.

A-Level Physical Education allows learners to study PE in an academic setting, allowing them to critically evaluate their physical performance and apply their knowledge and understanding to aid in their understanding of this subject. This course prepares learners for the further study of PE or Sports Science courses as well as other related subject areas such as Psychology, Sociology and Human Biology. Learners will also develop the transferable skills that are in demand by higher education and employers in all sectors of industry.

Over the course of the two years, learners will study the following topics: skeletal and muscular systems, cardiovascular and respiratory systems, energy for exercise, environmental effects on body systems, diet and nutrition, preparation and training methods, injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury, biomechanical principles, levers and the use of technology, linear motion, angular motion, fluid mechanics and projectile motion, skill acquisition, sports psychology, emergence and evolution of modern sport, global sporting events, ethics and deviance in sport, commercialisation and media, routes to sporting excellence in the UK, and modern technology in sport.

A Level Physical Education enables you to apply for higher education courses in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. It can also complement further study in subjects such as biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition and sociology.

PE teacherSports coachPhysiotherapySports therapy/rehabFitness instructorSports psychologySports nutrition

Learners are assessed three final theory exams that are worth 70% of their final grade:

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance is worth 30% and lasts 2 hours.
Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance is worth 20% and lasts 1 hour.
Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in sport and physical activity is also worth 20% and lasts 1 hour.

The remaining 30% of the course is non-exam assessment. Learners’ performance in one sport is assessed, with a practical score giving them up to 15%, and you will also undertake an oral exam that is worth 15%.

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