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.

It is an ideal subject to allow you to develop the skills in your specialist practical areas. The course will also make you aware of all the other factors that contribute to improving performance. In addition, the subject has a well respected theoretical foundation, giving you many skills required for your career aspirations.

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:

  • Gymnastics
  • Contemporary dance
  • Boxing
  • Athletics

Team sports including:

  • Handball
  • Hockey
  • Football
  • Netball
  • Rugby

A range of specialist activities including:

  • Wheelchair basketball
  • Boccia

Carmel’s PE Department has built up a strong reputation for delivering lessons which extend the students. In an enjoyable, productive environment and where they gain success. The course is delivered by experienced staff. Staff who, above all, offer support and guidance in abundance to ensure each individual achieves their own level of success.

Where will this A Level Physical Education course lead?

Supporting over 450,000 jobs in the UK, sport is a £20bn 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. For example;  Loughborough, Northumbria, Liverpool John Moores, Edge Hill and Leeds Beckett Universities. Furthermore, the remaining 50% of students have used their A Level in PE 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

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