A Level inPhysical Education (PE)

The course allows you to pursue your sporting passions by developing a broad theoretical understanding of factors that affect both participation rates within society as well as the performance levels of elite athletes. Paper one of the qualification is based on factors that affect participation; content includes the effect of exercise on a range of body systems, the process of learning new skills and the societal factors that impact upon opportunities that different individuals might be afforded. Paper two is focused on the factors that affect elite performance. This content includes exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, sports psychology as well as the role of technology within professional sport.

Course Content

There are three main elements to the A level PE: Factors affecting participation in physical activity sport, Psychological and Social Principles of Physical Education, Practical Performance and performance analysis and development.

Students will study the following topics:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society

The final section of the course, that makes up 30% of the qualification, is the assessment of practical performance and a written coursework that challenges learners to apply their newly developed theoretical knowledge to analyse and evaluate their own performance levels.

For the practical learners will demonstrate and be assessed on Skills performed in one physical activity as a player/performer or as a coach. Learners will also either analyse two components of a physical activity (one physiological component and either a tactical or technical component) or in the role of player/performer or coach analyse, implement and evaluate a Performance Development Programme.

Features/Benefits

The course complements an A level programme for students already training and competing in sport at a high level. Learners will continue to develop their practical sports skills as well as their knowledge of Ana.

Entry Requirements

Five GCSEs at grade 5 or above including

  • GCSE English – Grade 6
  • GCSE Mathematics – Grade 6
  • Two GCSEs in Science – Grades 66
  • As practical coursework is a large part of the course (30% of the overall A level), you will need to self-assess and improve your performance. Students therefore need to be training and competing in one sport discipline to a high standard. We strongly advise that this is at county level.
  • Numbers on A level Physical Education are limited and once the course is full applicants who meet the entry criteria will be put on a waiting list.

Please contact the International Admissions Office for further advice. international@loucoll.ac.uk

Progression Opportunities

Students may progress onto a degree or a degree apprenticeship in the sports and exercise science sector e.g. dietician, physiotherapist or teacher. Degrees in Sport and Exercise Science, Sport Coaching, Sport Management, Physiotherapy, Sport Journalism, Sport Performance, Sport Psychology are all popular choices after this course.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

Key Facts

Dates:

  • September 2023

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

Please contact the International Team for more information.

College Course Code:

  • 23/24A1EPE

OUR STUDENTS SAY

“My lessons are very interactive and there is a lot of communication between us students and teachers which makes it easier for us. I am enjoying my course so far.”

Omar Khaled

United Arab Emirates