The new specification in physical education will equip students with a depth and breadth of knowledge, understanding and skills relating to scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of physical education. Students will develop their ability to analyse and evaluate how to improve performance and understand the contribution which physical activity makes to health and fitness.

Course Content

The theoretical part of the course is worth 70% of the final grade. The topics covered over the full A Level course are applied anatomy and exercise physiology, bio-mechanical movement, skill acquisition, sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. In order for students to fully appreciate the application of these theoretical concepts it is imperative that they have a current interest in either playing or coaching sport.

Students will also be assessed practically in one activity as either a performer or a coach. This is worth 30% of the final grade. Students will also complete a personal performance portfolio which identifies where improvements can be made in performance. They will then complete and apply an action plan in relation to this.

Areas of study

Year 12 

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport in society

Year 13 

  • Exercise, physiology and biomechanics
  • Sports psychology
  • Sport in society and technology in sport


Future Opportunities

Students who have previously completed the course have gone on to study a variety of sports related courses at university such as sports science, sports coaching, sports psychology and physiotherapy. Other have also gone on to a career in Public Services.

For those who do not wish to attend higher education, a career in coaching, personal training or the leisure industry would be possible after studying this subject.

Students can find more help on the VLE and Careers in Sport