Physical Education

A-Level Physical Education

Did You Know?

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Key Information


Two Year Course

Examination Board


"I love studying PE at Notre Dame because the class are all sports people like me and enjoy competing even if it is just for a 10-question quiz. The teachers are so passionate about their subject and make the lessons interesting by using the latest sports as examples from netball, rugby and football to disability sports such as goal ball and wheelchair basketball.  I can learn the theory to be a PE teacher or sports scientist and play my sport for TEAM ND alongside this, making my game performance stats even better". -



Assessment: 70% exam, 30% practical performance

What do I need to study this course?

Grade 5 or above in GCSE Combined Science or a distinction in Level 2 Applied Science, as well as grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and a 5 in GCSE PE. It is compulsory that you are performing in one sport at least at club standard and train regularly so that you can provide the required video evidence for the practical assessment.

What will I study?

Physiological factors affecting performance: 90 marks, 2-hour paper, 30%. Psychological factors affecting performance: 60 marks, 1-hour paper, 20%. Sociocultural issues in physical activity: 60 marks, 1-hour paper, 20%. Performance in physical education: non-examined assessment, 30% (practical performance and verbal assessment.

What next?

PE is particularly useful for a career or degree in: teaching PE, health and exercise science, sports therapy, sports management, leisure studies, physiotherapy, outdoor pursuits, coaching, sports technology or sports development.

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