Physical Education

Awarding Body / Specification No:  AQA 1581/2581

What will you be learning?

This specification builds on the student’s experience from Key Stage 4 and GCSE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in physical education.

Students can choose to be assessed as a performer or coach in one activity. They are also required to complete analysis of performance written coursework.

Students will learn about factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport and those that affect optimal performance.

Topic areas include anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition, sport and society, sport psychology and technology in sport.


Entry requirements:

GCSE PE grade 5; Science grade 5/5.

It is also strongly advised that students only choose A Level PE if they are a very able performer or coach in one sport.  Students are expected to take part in regular physical activity and competitive sport, and are expected to have a high level of fitness and interest in sport and exercise.


How is the course examined or assessed?

70% – Theory. 2 x written exams at the end of Year 13 (Paper 1 AS content and Paper 2 A2 content).  Each worth 35% of A Level.

30% – Practical Assessment. 1 x Practical Performance (Performer/Coach). 1 x Analysis of Performance Coursework.


What happens when you have finished?

This qualification looks to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.  Students will have the knowledge and understanding required to study sport at a higher level for employment in the sport and leisure industry.  It also provides students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport and an understanding of the importance of, and a passion for sustained physical activity and exercise.