PE (Physical Education) A Level

Course Description

Can you see yourself treating Mo Farrah after a gruelling 26.2 mile run? Are you the next Alex Ferguson, making crucial coaching decisions? Are you more interested in the science behind sports, testing the players and monitoring their progress? Do you see yourself following in the footsteps of your teachers enriching the lives of the next generation? Are you keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors? If any of the above apply to you then studying Physical Education is for you!

Entry Requirements

Students studying four A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of 6 GCSEs at grade 7, 8 or 9 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 6 or above. Students studying three A Levels will be expected to have a minimum of two GCSEs at grade 6 and three GCSEs at grade 4 including English Language and Mathematics at grade 4.

Course Content

The linear PE course follows the AQA examining board specification and is focused on relating theory to sport and its impact on performance. In year 1 you will cover Applied Anatomy and Physiology; Skill Acquisition; Sport and Society. In year 2 you will cover Exercise Physiology; Biomechanics; Sports Psychology; Sport and Society and Technology in Sport.


These topics are assessed through two written exams at the end of the 2 years. The written exam accounts for 70% of your final grade. The practical element of the course accounts for 15% of your final grade and is assessed as a player or coach in a full sided, competitive version of your chosen sport. The final 15% is assessed through written/verbal analysis and evaluation of your performance in your chosen sport.

Enrichment and Work Experience

A Level students are required to complete a one week work experience placement in the summer term. Work experience is a vital part of a young person’s learning experience.  It supports the academic skills they develop during their time at college and allows them to acquire skills that cannot be taught in the classroom. Responsibility for obtaining this placement lies ultimately with the student, although there is a vast amount of support and guidance available to assist students at college through the work experience officer, careers guidance team, curriculum teachers and their personal tutor.

You will have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of sports related enrichment and we encourage our students to do so. These include: Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme; First Aid; Natural Born Leaders; Voluntary Service Award; Cricket; Football; Basketball; Netball and Athletics.

Additional Information

To study A Level PE you must play sport at a competitive level in order to be assessed on the practical element. You should be playing regularly for a team inside or outside of College. As part of this course you will have the opportunity to undertake the Level 2 Gym Instructor course run by Focus Training.  We are able to offer this at a significantly reduced cost.  The course is aimed at those wishing to pursue a career within the health and fitness industry, equipping you with the skills, knowledge and understanding to work with gym users and help them to reach their health and fitness goals. The qualification is nationally accredited and recognised throughout the UK and overseas.

Links with other subjects: Physical Education links well with a number of other A Level subjects including Biology, Physics, Business, Psychology, Sociology and Sport and Exercise Science.

Future Career Opportunities

The Physical Education course is designed to educate and equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary for a range of different careers including teaching, coaching, sports and leisure management, physiotherapy and sports science. The course also allows you to enhance your practical skills for involvement at university, progression onto a scholarship programme or simply participation in later life. Our students have progressed onto many career paths including Physiotherapy and PE teaching and we are proud to count a number of international athletes as past students.

Why Study at BSFC?

If you enjoy taking part in sport and have an interest in all aspects surrounding and supporting sport and performance then this is the course for you. You will develop your knowledge of sport and the wider issues surrounding it; from the science of movement to current issues in sport or the workings of the mind to how sport has developed through time, whilst also developing you practical ability in your chosen sport.