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Physical Education

St Peter's 13-18

Physical Education

PEThe Course

The theoretical element of the course is split into three distinct areas: Exercise Physiology, Sports Psychology and Sport and Society. The course offers the pupils a diverse range of study which covers the following areas:

  • Exercise Physiology. This includes changes within the musculoskeletal, cardio-respiratory and neuromuscular systems and the use of energy systems during different types of physical activity and sport, and the recovery process.
  • Sports Psychology. In this section, students will develop knowledge and understanding of the role of sport psychology in optimising performance in physical activity and sport.
  • Sport and Society. Here we look at world games, government policies and moves onto the use of technology and commercialisation of sport.
  • Practical Assessment. Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity. Plus: written/verbal analysis of performance.

It is an academically robust A Level which requires strengths in three diverse topic areas. There is a strong link with Biology through the Physiology section, however, the other two sections are likely to be new to pupils and require a range of academic skills. Practically, the opportunity to perform or coach in a competitive situation is included in the assessment.
Many pupils who have a keen interest in sport go on to study related courses at university which include – sport science, exercise physiology, coaching and teaching, physiotherapy, sports management and business, nutrition and marketing.

Career opportunities can be very diverse including sports journalism, marketing, performance analyst, dietician, broadcasting and fitness professionals.


  • Paper 1 - 2hr written paper - 35%
  • Paper 2 - 2hr written paper - 35%
  • Paper 3 - Practical Performance
    Assessment in a competitive situation - 30%

Examination Board: AQA

Additional Notes

The practical assessment is internally marked and externally moderated before the Summer Term begins.