Physical Education (PE) A-level

2 years
South Sefton Campus

Course Details

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.

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

If you intend to study a programme of three A-level subjects or two A-level subjects and one BTEC Extended Certificate subject:

  • You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grades 4 or above including English Language and Maths. If you haven’t achieved a grade 4 in GCSE Maths, there may be an opportunity to re-sit this alongside your other subjects.

Additional entry requirements:

  • You must have studied GCSE PE or Level 2 BTEC Sport and have achieved at least a grade 5 (GCSE) or Distinction (BTEC).
  • You must also have achieved at least a grade 4 in GCSE Science.
  • Given the practical content of this course, you must play competitive sport outside of School / College.

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.

EDUQAS A-level PE (A550QS)

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
  • University
  • Higher/Degree Apprenticeship
  • Employment
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.

University Guarantee

Every Hugh Baird College student who successfuly achieves a Level 3 qualification and meets attendance and entry requirements, is guaranteed a place on a course at the Hugh Baird University Centre.

Frequently Asked Questions

Below are some frequently asked questions that we are often asked:

As an A-level student you will be based at our South Sefton Campus. This is a multi-million pound campus for dedicated to A-levels and was opened in 2009.

You will take three subjects over two years.

We offer a small number of BTEC courses at South Sefton Campus. You can study one BTEC course alongside your two A-levels.

It is not expected that a student would attend both sites, but the feasibility of this would be discussed on an individual basis. Potential timetable clashes and workload would need to be considered in detail for this to be a possibility.