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What will I study in A Level Physical Education?

The course is split into examinations that are both two hours long:

The content of paper 1 includes:

Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Skill Acquisition and Sport in Society and is worth 35% of the final mark.

The content of paper 2 includes:

Exercise Physiology, Biomechanical movement, Sports Psychology and the role of Technology in Sport and is worth 35% of the final mark.

The additional 30% of the marks are awarded for practical performance in a fully competitive context in one sport from the list below, as well as analysing & evaluating your own performance, identify areas for improvement, suggest causes, & appropriate corrective measures.

Practical activities can be chosen from a wide list:

  • Association Football
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Boxing
  • Canoeing/Kayaking (moving/whitewater or inland flat water/coastal)
  • Climbing
  • Cricket
  • Fencing
  • Golf
  • Handball
  • Hockey (Field/Roller/Ice)
  • Horse Riding
  • Judo
  • Karate
  • Lacrosse
  • Mountain Activities
  • Netball
  • Orienteering
  • Rowing & Sculling Rugby Union/League
  • Sailing/Windsurfing/Kitesurfing
  • Skiing/Snowboarding
  • Softball/Baseball/Rounders
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Tae Kwon Do
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Water Polo Athletics
  • Olympic Weightlifting
  • Swimming Track/Road Cycling/Mountain Biking Dance–Contemporary/Creative/Ballet
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics
  • Trampolining

Where does A Level Physical Education

An A-level in physical education is excellent preparation for training in sports coaching, physiotherapy, sports psychology and a wide range of other careers.