A Level Physical Education

Duration: 2 Years
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams and submit all their non-exam assessment at the end of the 2 year course.


AQA Exam board. GCE Physical Education DRAFT 7582 for examination from 2016 onwards.

Further details are available from the AQA website.

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability: 
Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria.  In addition students must have achieved a grade B or above in Science and/or Physical Education at GCSE. They must be strong, practical performers and be able to offer ONE sport to A level standard.  They will need to be playing at club level and training out of school.

Course Content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology physical activity and sport

For further information and exemplar question papers see the exam board website.
Students will sit two exams at the end of the second year.  Each exam will be two hours long and will contain a mixture of multiple choice, short answer and long answer extended questions.
  • Paper 1 is worth 35%
  • Paper 2 is worth 35%
The other 30% of the marks are allocated to the practical assessment of one sport of the student's choice.  Students must gather video evidence of their best practical performance and analyse their play either verbally, or in written form.

Methods of Study: 
  • Group discussion.
  • PowerPoint notes.
  • Research from core text book issued to each student.
  • Practical experience in order to relate the theory to practical examples.
  • Practice exam questions.
  • Progress checks to check students’ understanding.
  • Preparation of presentations to the group.
  • Teacher led activities.

Independent Study Time: 
A successful A Level PE student will not only need to be playing sport and training regularly, but they will have to be disciplined and well organised enough to complete a minimum of five hours of study in their own time.  This will involve doing set homework's, note taking, exam style questions and reading the set text.  They will need to revise thoroughly for each of the half termly progress tests.

Progression and the Future:
This A Level course would be suitable to combine with any others as part of a three/four A Level progression onto a university degree.  It is accepted by all universities.  Many students go onto study one of the following courses at university:

  • Sport and Exercise Science
  • Secondary PE Teaching
  • Sports Coaching
  • Sports Rehabilitation
  • Primary Teaching
  • Sports Development
  • Personal Fitness Training

Subject Contacts:

Mrs D A Smith

How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in February of each year.  Please contact Sarah Fisher, Sixth Form Administrator, for further information or to request an application form. 

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