PE A-level

Studying A-level PE will allow you to develop an understanding of what it takes to become and elite level athlete.

Physiological, sociological and psychological aspects make this a dynamic course that has numerous dimensions.

Understanding these concepts and applying them to practical situations will hopefully refine your own sporting performance in your chosen area of specialism.

What topics/modules are covered?

Year 1:

You will study the following topics: exercise physiology, training and performance; movement analysis, technology and biomechanics; sport psychology; skill acquisition; sport and society.

Year 2:

You will enhance your knowledge of the above topics. Examination papers are in the form of multiple choice, short answer and extended writing questions. You will be assessed practically in a specialised area of activity, either as a performer or coach and also be required to analyse your own performance in detail.

What are the entry requirements?

If you intend to study a programme of A-levels:

  • To study a programme of A-levels (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths if needed), you will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 9-4 including English Language (grade 4 or above).

If you intend to study a combination of A-levels and BTEC:

  • To study a combination of A-levels and BTEC Extended Certificate (plus a re-sit in GCSE maths or English if needed), you will need a minimum of four grades 9-4 at GCSE plus 1 BTEC equivalent. If you have studied a subject at GCSE/Level 2, you must get a grade at least at 9-4/Pass, if it is to be studied.

Additional entry requirements:

  • GCSE PE grade B (new grading system: 5/6) at least (if previously studied).
  • Specific skills required – You must participate and compete in a specialist sports activity on a regular basis.

The College will always treat each applicant as an individual. Should you not have or not expect to obtain the grades stated above, or not have relevant industry-related experience, the College would still welcome your application for this course as this will enable us to identify whether this course is, in fact, the right course for you or whether another course may be more appropriate.

All course offers will be subject to satisfactory interview and reference.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1:
Exploring concepts in physical education. Written examination: 2 hours 35% of qualification. Contextualised questions to include multiple choice, data response, short and extended answers.

Component 2:
Evaluating physical education. Written examination: 2 hours 35% of qualification. A range of questions to include data response, short and extended answers.

Component 3:
Improving personal performance in physical education non-exam assessment 30% of qualification:

  • Practical performance in one activity as a player/ performer or coach
  • Analysis and evaluation of personal performance

What can I do if I complete this course?

  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment

Career Path

You can progress to higher education to study degree courses, including Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Studies and Sports Development, or opt for more vocational courses. PE is an excellent foundation for any degree course or employment requiring team work, communication and problem solving skills and can lead to careers in teaching and the fitness and leisure industry. Sports Science graduates have one of the highest graduate employment rates.

What qualification will I gain?

EDUQAS A-level PE (A550QS)

Start date



2 years.

Where will I be based?

Sixth Form Centre, South Sefton Campus.

Terms, Conditions and Disclaimer

We reserve the right to make changes and improvements to the provision of courses and other details. There are minimum numbers of students required for each course to run. Should there be insufficient numbers to run a particular course, then every effort will be made to enrol you on a similar, appropriate course.

Last modified on Monday, 27 November 2017 10:59