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AS and A Level Physical Education option in the College

Why study this subject?

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. You can perform, and then through the academic study, improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

Which Examination Board?


Does the AS count towards the A Level or is it a standalone qualification?

A Level PE is a modular subject and can be studied as a standalone AS. However, all students will sit a written examination and practical assessment in Year 12, then if they decide to study the full A Level course, units 3 and 4 will be delivered over the duration of Year 13. At the end of Year 13 students will sit a written examination and perform in a practical assessment and the marks achieved for units 1 and 2 (AS) will be added to 3 and 4.

How will you be assessed?

The AS course has the following requirements:

Unit 1:  24% - 72 marks  

  • Exploring physical education – Written Examination 1 hour and 45 minutes

Unit 2:  16% - 48 Marks

  • Improving personal performance in physical education – Practical Examination in one sport as a player performer and as a coach or official. A written personal performance profile is also required.

The A2 course has the following requirements:

Unit 3: 36%  - 90 marks

  • Evaluating physical education 2 hours - Written examination. To assess all A Level subject content.  A range of questions including data response, short and extended answers

Unit 4: 24%  - 60 marks

  • Refining personal performance in physical education - Practical performance in one activity as a player/performer, coach or official
  • A written investigative research profile is also required


We are also going to extend our existing offer of IGCSE PE to students in the College. Please get in touch for more information