A Level Physical Education combines 7 areas of study across 2 years.  These range from Anatomy and Physiology to Psychology in Sport and Analysis.  The course has been designed to lead into a huge variety of careers in both the sporting and science industries.  It combines practical performance with theoretical application and is often considered as a science by universities.  It also includes an annual residential trip to focus on course content and practical application through outdoor adventurous activities.  Opportunities such as university laboratory visits, sporting expert seminars and elite performance visits are all part of this exciting and diverse A level.


Theoretical Application – 70%

7 Areas of Study:

Anatomy and Physiology

Sports Psychology

Sport and Society

Technology and Analysis in Sport

Exercise Physiology

Skill Acquisition


Practical Application – 30%

Students enter 1 sport from the list below and will also complete a short analysis assignment.  Students are expected to be already competing in one of these sports to a competitive standard:

Association football, Amateur boxing, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling (track or road), Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gaelic football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Rock climbing, Rowing, Rugby league/union, Sculling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Swimming, Table tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball.


A Level Physical Education is unique in the sense that it opens so many doors into the sport and science world.  Students have gone to university and then into work as analysts in professional sport, work as sport scientists and also venture into the world of sports journalism.

Entry Requirements:

Students must achieve a minimum of 5 GCSE's including English and Maths at grade 5 or above. Essential: Theory - A grade 6 or above in Double Science, Biology (if studying additional science) and GCSE Physical Education. A distinction grade in BTEC Sport Level 2. Practical - Must play sport to a competitive level in 1 of the activities outlined. Desirable - Play sport competitively to county level and above in 1 of the activities listed.

“A level PE has been an essential stepping stone for my career in Teaching. It was both fulfilling and enjoyable.”