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Physical Education A Level (S9415)

Paston College

Grammar School Road, North Walsham, Norfolk, NR28 9JL

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
Leisure, Travel and Tourism

Available start dates

Available start dates

Friday, 01 September 2023
Paston College
2 Year(s)
Full time
Daytime/working hours

Application Instructions

3 A Level Programme

Minimum of 66444 at GCSE (Please note : grade 4 may be replaced by an 'old C' grade and grade 6 by 'old' B grade)

Vocational subjects cannot replace GCSEs for entry on to an A Level programme.

You must also study English/Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

4 A level programme

If you achieve a minimum of 3 GCSE's at grade 8 (A*) plus 5 at grade 7 (A) and your English Language and Maths are at minimum grade 4, you will have the option to join the A Plus programme.

Please note that A Plus is designed for applicants to academic courses at Oxford, Cambridge or other Russel Group universities. Grades in vocational subjects cannot replace GCSE's for entry to this programme.

Vocational programmes

Minimum of five grade 4 at GCSE (or old grade C) or Merit/Distinction in a relevant BTEC First Diploma (or equivalent) plus 1 grade 4 (or old grade 4) at GCSE. You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved grade 4 in these subjects.

Level 2 programme

Minimum of three grade 4 at GCSE (or old Grade C).

This programme is designed for those students who just miss our entry requirements for level 3 study. It includes an opportunity to improve your GCSE English Language and Maths grades, alongside a Workskills course to develop the skills required for progression into employment or onto a level 3 programme.

Course Details

The most fantastic thing about A Level Physical Education is that it's studied though a range of different contexts and looks at the impact on both ours and other’s everyday lives. You will learn the reasons why we do things, why some people out perform others, mentally and physically. You 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.

Just a few of the topics we cover:

  • Cardiovascular system during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery - how can we impact our fitness to enhance our performance?
  • Diet and Nutrition - What impact can our diet have on our sporting performance?
  • Ethics and deviance in sport - what is cheating and is there such a thing as 'bending' the rules?
  • Stress and stress management in sport - we all get nervous, but how can it positively impact our performance?
  • Modern technology in sport - its impact on participation, fair outcomes and entertainment - Is VAR going to ruin football?

Examined element - 4 hours of exams totalling 70% of the final grade. A combination of single mark, short answer and extended response questions.
Non-examined part - 30% of the final grade - analysis of practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity.

Entry requirements

Part of a 3 A Level Programme.

Minimum of 2 6/B grades and 3 4/C grades at GCSE. You must also study English Language and/or Maths GCSE if you have not already achieved a minimum of grade 4/C in these subjects.

Your next steps...


Physical Education supports a range of study options but has some good overlaps with subjects like Biology, Medical Science, Business and Psychology.

Career Progression

Sports Science, Sports Management, PE Teacher Training and Sports Therapy/Physiotherapy are just a few sports related university courses that our students choose to pursue. Equally, the skills gained and range of content allows PE to support other careers like sports coaching, gym management etc.

For more courses like this, check our courses page.