Anyone who has an enthusiastic interest in sport and is a keen participant or performer will enjoy the challenges that A Level Physical Education will present.

A Level PE will help to develop the knowledge and skills required to aid performance in your specialist practical area. You will analyse the physiological and psychological factors that underpin sports performance and explore the role of sport in society and the ethical and contemporary issues that impact sports performance in Britain.

A Level Physical Education is a well-respected, academic A Level and is considered to be a science subject by many major Universities.

To study A Level PE you are required to participate regularly in competitive sport for your chosen activity. You will need to maintain this involvement throughout the duration of your studies. However, you have a lot of areas you can be assessed in;

Individual activities such as:
-Contemporary dance

Team sports including:

A range of specialist activities including:
-Wheelchair basketball

Carmel’s PE Department has built up a strong reputation for delivering lessons which extend students in a supportive and enjoyable learning environment. The course is delivered by experienced staff who have a long standing history of achieving fantastic results. Students remark positively on the quality of resources and level of support and guidance offered to each individual learners.

Where will this A Level Physical Education course lead?

Supporting over 600,000 jobs in the UK, sport is a £28bn industry and this fast-growing sector now ranks among the top 15 mainstream activities in the economy. The huge amounts of money in UK sport means that there are more jobs to pursue than ever before.

Students can go on to work at the cutting edge of elite sport, supporting top athletes as sports scientists, sports psychologists, strength and conditioning coaches, sports therapists, coaches and in many other roles. On the other hand, students may opt to pursue a career in teaching, community coaching or working within the health sector. Opportunities in sport today are exciting and vast.

Approximately half of our A Level Physical Education students go on to study a sport related degree at university. Courses including PE, Sport Science, Sports Coaching and Development and Physiotherapy have been popular amongst our learners. In recent years we have seen a number of our students go on to study sport at some of the most prestigious sporting Universities in England including: Loughborough, Northumbria, Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill and Leeds Beckett Universities. Students have also used their A Level in PE qualification to go on to study other degree courses spanning as wide a field as Medicine and Accountancy.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE PE or a Merit in BTEC Sport (if you have not studied these, you must be participating in sport at club level), plus grade 5 in GCSE Science and English Language and grade 4 in Mathematics.

Physical Education Course Leaflet

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A Level Physical Education Course Introduction video

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Exam board course specification

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What Our Students Say

A Level PE has been really enjoyable for me. I find the course content and my lessons interesting and engaging. I enjoy how current the course content is, studying how sport is changing everyday helps to make it relevant and interesting. My favourite thing about studying A Level PE is that I can use what I am learning to improve my own performance. The physiology side enables me to see the advantages of particular recovery methods or training techniques. I have been able to apply these to myself and I can now notice considerable improvements in my performance.

Since joining Carmel, I have been provided with many opportunities to take part in sport and enrichment and I particularly enjoy being part of the football team. The team train and compete each week and the standard of play is really high. Training sessions are challenging and enjoyable and I feel like I am making progress and developing as a player.

I’ve also been to visit universities and met with people working in elite sport in a number of different roles. These opportunities have not only helped to improve my knowledge of sport and PE but have also aided me massively in deciding my career path. They’ve given me a greater insight into the different career opportunities open to me in the future. Meeting with role models working at the top level in sport has been really inspirational. On the back of these visits, I have decided that I would like to pursue a master’s degree in Sports and Exercise Science.

James Mooney