Physical Education

Miss A D Davis BSc Birmingham, MA, PGCE (Head of Department); Mr F S Henderson BSc York St John, GTP (Head of Boys’ PE/Games); Mr J W Windeatt BSc Hull, MA, GTP; Mrs A E Harvey BA Manchester Metropolitan

Examination body: AQA

Studying A Level PE will provide you with a fantastic insight into the world of sports performance.  Through the non-examination assessment you will have the opportunity to perform or coach, where you will apply your academic study in order to improve your own performance and the performances of others. The course is demanding and challenging, weighted towards theory in:

  • applied physiology
  • skill acquisition and sports psychology
  • sport and society and technology in sport.

Entry Requirements

A Level PE is open to all pupils who are capable of achieving a A Level standard; it is not a requirement to have taken GCSE PE.

Delivery and assessment

The new Physical Education AS and A Level will be 70% theory and 30% non-examination assessment (a practical performance, where 15% will be an assessment of the pupil in the role of player/performer or coach, and 15% will be analysis and evaluation of performance).

  • Assessment of quantitative skills will represent a minimum of 5% of the overall AS and A Level marks, allowing pupils to develop skills that are important for Higher Education or the workplace
  • Papers will be divided into clear sections, helping pupils to see which part of the specification they are being assessed on
  • A familiar combination of multiple-choice, short and extended writing questions will be used across all exam papers
  • Pupils will focus their skills as they will be assessed in one practical activity only

Amelia Pindar

Amelia is currently studying a degree in Management at Leeds University. She would recommend PE at A Level to anyone considering the subject as she feels she was very well-supported by the PE staff. She found the subject stimulating because there are many components and the coursework element allowed her to research a player of her chosen sport - hockey - in detail. Amelia also regularly played hockey for the Hull Collegiate team and believes the staff and coaches encouraged her to reach her full potential.