30% Non-Exam assessment giving you the opportunity to apply the theory to your own sporting performance (as either a coach or a practitioner) and
also to analyse performance in your chosen sport.
How will you be assessed?
• Non- Exam Assessment (NEA). One practical performance, as either
a coach or a performer in an activity.
• NEA. One Performance Analysis task.
• A total of four hours assessment split over three examination papers
(2x 1 hour and 1x 2 hour) taken at the end of the two year course.
• A wide range of Question types including: single mark, short answer
and extended response questions.
• The opportunity to demonstrate your knowledge of both theory and
performance skills in both your NEA and through the examinations.
What are the benefits?
• This is an interesting and challenging learning experience, linking key
sporting ideas with practical performance and gaining insight into the
relationships they have with each other.
• The development of transferable skills including: decision making,
psychological understanding of people, independent thinking,
problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking and acting
• The study of A Level Physical Education opens up a range of
possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject.
Where can A Level Physical Education take me?
• A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in
sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health.
Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human
biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.
• A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities
including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal
training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The
transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education,
such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in
any career path you choose to take.
Thought provoking questions
• Is the monetary cost of holding the Olympics worth it?
• How much inﬂuence does the mind really have over the body?
• If drugs were legal for all what would the sporting world look like?
• Why do we ‘hit the wall’ during exercise?
• Why train SMART?
Joints movement and muscles
Muscle functions and types of contraction
Analysis of movement
Skeletal muscle contraction
Muscle contraction during exercise of diﬀering
intensities and during recovery
Cardiovascular system at rest
Cardiovascular system during exercise of
diﬀering intensities and during recovery
Respiratory system at rest
Respiratory system during exercise of diﬀering
intensities and during recovery
Diet and nutrition
Periodisation of training
Impact of lifestyle, active/sedentary
Acute and chronic injuries
Responding to injuries and medical conditions
in a sporting context
Rehabilitation of injury
Classiﬁcation of skills
Types and methods of practice
Transfer of skills
Principles and theories of learning movement skills
Stages of learning
Group and team dynamics in sport
Goal setting in sports performance
Conﬁdence and self eﬃcacy in sports performance
Leadership in sport
Stress management to optimise performance
Emergence and evolution of modern sport
Sport in the 21st century
Ethics and deviance in sport
Commercialisation and the media
Routes to sporting excellence in the UK
Modern technology in sport - its impact on
participation, fair outcomes and entertainment
The emphasis throughout the course is
on the development of your knowledge,
competence and conﬁdence in a wide
variety of skills that will enable you to
conﬁdently move forward in life. You will
learn how Physical Education aﬀects and
contributes to society and also how to
apply your knowledge from this course to
any number of diﬀerent practical situations
or career choices.