Entry Requirements

Grade B GCSE PE or

Distinction BTEC L2 Sport

Course Structure

Course Structure

Component 1 –

2hr written exam

30% of total A Level

Component 2 –

1hr written exam

20% of total A Level

Component 3 –

1hr written exam

20% of total A Level

Component 4 –

Non-exam assessment

30% of total A Level


For more information contact

Mr M Tellyn

Mrs S Brooks


Course Structure – Full A Level

COMPONENT 1 – Physiological factors affecting performance

This group of topics focusses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity.

Candidates will develop their knowledge and understanding of the changes within these body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery.

Application of this theoretical knowledge will enable candidates to understand how changes in physiological states can influence performance in physical activities and sport.

COMPONENT 2 – Psychological factors affecting performance

This component focusses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including: models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person; group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress on performers.

They will learn how to apply the theories to practical examples, giving guidance and feedback in constructive ways that are suited to that individual’s personality; therefore assisting in developing practical performance in physical activities and sports.

COMPONENT 3 – Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

This component focusses on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affect society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport and how social and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre-industrial and post-industrial Britain. The impact of the modern Olympic Games will be understood as well as the impact on society of hosting global sporting events. The ever evolving modern technology and its influence on sport performers and spectators will be understood and practical examples will be used by candidates to show the effect of modern technology.

COMPONENT 4 – Performance in physical education

Learners will be required to undertake two parts within the component.

Part 1 – Performance/coaching of a sport or activity from an approved list.

Part 2 – The Evaluation and Analysis of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) of a sport or activity from an approved list.

Learners will identify and justify the major area of weakness within the performance to prioritise for improvement and will propose a development plan to improve the area of performance identified.

Where can A Level Physical Education take me?

A Level Physical Education is an excellent base for a university degree in sports science, sports management, healthcare, or exercise and health. Physical Education can also complement further study in biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology and many more.

A Level Physical Education can open up a range of career opportunities including: sports development, sports coaching, physiotherapy, personal training or becoming one of the next generation of PE teachers. The transferable skills you learn through your study of Physical Education, such as decision making and independent thinking are also useful in any career path you choose to take.