What will I study?
This is a fast growing, popular and now commonly accredited A
Level GCE Course. This is a multi-dimensional course which enables
students to acquire a range and depth of knowledge across a variety
of inter-related disciplines. This multidisciplinary approach
allows students to examine physiological, psychological,
socio-cultural and historical factors that underpin sporting
performance, and reasons for participation in physical activity. In
addition candidates will gain experience of performing a variety of
activities chosen from different activity profiles. Candidates will
also gain experience in coaching and officiating the activities so
as to develop their understanding and appreciation of the coaching
points, skills, rules and the application of tactics associated
with their chosen activities.
AS Unit G451: An introduction to Physical Education
Section A: Anatomy and Physiology
Section B: Acquiring Movement Skills
Section C: Socio-Cultural Studies relating to participation in
AS Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical
skills in Physical Education
A2 Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of
Section A:Historical Studies
Section B: Sport Psychology
and Sport Physiology
A2 Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the
critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical
How will I be assessed?
AS Unit G451: 30% of the total A2 marks. 2 hour written paper
AS Unit G452: 20% of the total A2 marks. Practical (80
A2 Unit G453: 35% of the total A2 marks. 2.5 hour written
paper (105 marks)
A2 Unit G454: 15% of the total A2 marks. Practical (60
There are no specific requirements for GCE Physical Education,
however a Grade A or B in Biology would be a distinct advantage. An
obvious background and interest in sport is essential but
furthermore a high level of sporting representation would give a
distinct advantage. Although this subject has practical elements a
considerable proportion of its content is theoretically based (65%)
covering a variety of inter-related disciplines.
Where will it lead?
GCE in Physical Education can lead into a variety of options,
including Sports Science, Sports Studies, Leisure and Recreational
Management, Physiotherapy, Coaching, Teaching Physical Education,
Lecturing and Sport Administration.