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 physical activity.


AS Unit G452: Acquiring, developing and evaluating practical skills in Physical Education


A2 Unit G453: Principles and concepts across different areas of Physical Education

Section A:Historical Studies

Section B: Sport Psychology

              Exercise and Sport Physiology


A2 Unit G454: The improvement of effective performance and the critical evaluation of practical activities in Physical Education.


How will I be assessed?


AS Unit G451: 30% of the total A2 marks. 2 hour written paper (90 marks)

AS Unit G452: 20% of the total A2 marks. Practical (80 marks)


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 marks)


Desirable requirements         

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.