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A year

The Course

Areas of activity followed are major games, trampoline, athletics, outdoor education, badminton and swimming. Students work to extend their own abilities and to gain knowledge of fitness, techniques, tactics, rules, laws and scoring systems and how these may be applied. Students also have the opportunity to participate in sports leadership activities outside of lesson time.

Six areas of assessment

Assessment takes into account prior achievement in Years 7 and 8. Assessment takes place throughout the A Year across a range of activities using the GCSE PE assessment criteria. This supports students’ progress and provides continuity into the I and E Years. There are six areas of assessment and a final mark is awarded at the end of the year:

  • Outwitting opponents
  • Accurate replication
  • Exploring and communicating ideas
  • Performing to maximum levels
  • Identifying and solving problems to overcome challenges
  • Exercising safely and effectively to improve health and well-being

I and E year

Students follow a core physical education programme in the first term, and then choose a combination of activities from the following: trampoline, swimming and life-saving, a range of individual and team games and leadership courses. Students work to improve their own abilities and to gain the knowledge and techniques required to take on roles such as coach, organiser and official. Students are given opportunities to gain an understanding of the principles used to prepare and monitor an exercise programme for a healthy lifestyle.

Assessment takes place during I and E Year to allow students to have an awareness of how well they are doing and what they need to do to improve. In addition, national governing body awards are also offered in trampolining, Sports Leadership, the FA Junior Football Organisers Award and the Royal Life Saving Society awards.

The PE department organises a number of extra-curricular teams and clubs. Sessions are run at lunch times and after college catering for college teams and students who wish to participate at a recreational level. Both midweek and weekend fixtures are held against local schools. Teams are also entered in district, county and national competitions. Trips are organised to national sporting events. A ski trip is organised every year during the spring half term and the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme runs from the A Year.


The Course

The theory part of the course looks at factors that affect performance and participation in physical activity. The sections covered are:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Movement analysis
  • Physical training
  • Use of data
  • Sports psychology
  • Socio-cultural influences
  • Health, fitness and well-being

Practical content includes students performing in three different physical activities in the role of player/performer (one in a team activity, one in an individual activity and a third in either a team or in an individual activity).


Theory: 60% - 2 exams taken at end of E Year.

Practical: 40% - Practical performance in three different physical activities and analysis and evaluation of performance to bring about improvement in one activity.

A level PE

Course Description

The course comprises of three units:

Unit 1:

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport including:

  • Anatomy and Physiology
  • Skill Acquisition
  • Sport and Society

Unit 2:

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport including:

  • Exercise Physiology
  • Sports Psychology
  • Sport and Society and Technology in Sport

Unit 3:

Practical performance and analysis as a coach or performer in a sport.


70% in two written examinations.

30% non-exam assessment, including internal assessment and external moderation of performance and written coursework.

Teachers have high expectations of what their students can achieve. They systematically set challenging targets and plan lessons that are well suited to the needs and capabilities of their students.

Ofsted, November 2015