A-Level Physical Education

A-level Physical Education builds on pupils' experiences from Key Stage 4 and GCSE PE to enhance their knowledge and increase their understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation. The qualification aims to equip students with skills and knowledge required for higher education or the world of work.

“Sports do not develop character, they reveal it”    John Wooden

Entry requirements

Please see general entry requirements
for automatic entry onto Level 3 courses. Students will be formally assessed as a performer or coach in one physical activity and should be competing at a high level of competition.

Course content

Although GCSE PE is not a prerequisite it offers pupils a firm foundation to build on and would be advantageous. This course provides a good balance of practical and theory based aspects. The course aims to motivate and inspire and students, whilst providing them with an in-depth understanding of a range of subject areas. Below is a summary of the content:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society
  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sports psychology
  • The role of technology in sport

Exam Board

  • AQA

Course Code

  • Physical Education (7582)

Exam board website

Link to past papers


Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society

Written exam: 2 hours

105 marks

35% of A-level

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Written exam: 2 hours

105 marks

35% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity and sport. Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

  • Internal assessment, external moderation
  • 90 marks

Pupils will undertake an end of unit assessment after each topic and a more formal assessment at the end of each term. All pupils will be closely tracked to ensure to ensure they reach their potential.

Throughout the course, students must also collate video evidence relating to their practical sporting performance. Further details can be found in the specification or via the AQA website.

Ways to help my child succeed

Pupils are expected to regular participate in sport outside of school and compete to a good standard regularly. Although some time will be given to practical lessons pupils are expected to collate practical evidence in their own time. Additional reading around each topic will undoubtedly prepare pupils better for the content of lessons and maximise achievement.

Possible progression

Students cover a wide range of topics throughout the two year programme and as a result they will have a range of options in terms of future choices and progression. Whether they decide to continue their studies at university, or decide to pursue a role in the health and fitness sector, they will have the perfect foundations to do so.

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