Physical Education

Are you…

  • Thinking of becoming a physiotherapist?
  • Aiming to manage a gym?
  • Wanting to become a personal trainer?
  • Wanting to influence the diet and exercise habits of the nation?
  • Fascinated by the human body?
  • Studying other sciences?
  • Or perhaps you just want to understand the ‘why’ behind sports performance?

Studying A Level Physical Education will give students a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will they have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, they will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of physical activity and sport.

The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for students. They can perform, and then through the academic study improve their performance or coaching though application of the theory.

Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has on everyday lives. Students will learn the reasons why we do things and why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. They will also delve into the ethical considerations behind the use of drugs and also the influence that modern technology is having in and on physical activity and sport.

The benefits of studying A Level Physical Education:

  • This is an interesting and challenging learning experience, linking key sporting ideas with practical performance and gaining insight into the relationships they have with each other.
  • The development of transferable skills including: decision making, psychological understanding of people, independent thinking, problem solving and analytical skills as well as thinking and acting under pressure
  • The study of A Level Physical Education opens up a range of possibilities for further study and careers associated with the subject. 

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.

A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of Physical Education teachers. The transferable skills that students learn through their studies, such as decision making and independent thinking, are also useful in any career path you choose to take. 


  • Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). One practical performance as either a coach or performer.
  • Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI)
  • A total of four hours’ assessment, split over three examination papers (2 x 1 hour and 1 x 2 hour), taken at the end of the two-year course.
  • A wide range of question types including: single mark, short answer and extended response. 

Course requirements

  • A GCSE level 5 in Physical Education, Science and English is highly recommended.
  • Students should have a regular commitment to playing or coaching competitive sport both for Hampshire Collegiate School and for an external club.  

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United Learning