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PE A Level

AS/A Level Physical Education

Entry Requirements

Standard Mandeville Sixth Form entry requirements.  It is expected that students wishing to study A level PE will have gained at least Grade B or equivalent at GCSE PE, however the course is available to students who have not studied GCSE PE. It would also be extremely beneficial to students if they have achieved at least Grade C or equivalent in science subjects at GCSE, especially biology.


Students will complete 3 written examinations at the end of Year 13. In addition to this, they are assessed in one sporting activity (15%), and complete an evaluation and analysis task (15%) on a peers sporting performance.

a) Practical Assessment

Students must be playing a sport competitively outside of school, and the assessment is based on their ability to perform in a full sided / full competitive environment. (Potential students visit for more information). This will be internally assessed, and externally moderated at the end of the course. The evaluation and analysis task compromises of students discussing the strengths and weaknesses of a peer’s performance.

N:B. An almost identical programme of study is available for students who wish to study the one year AS physical education course. This course covers similar topics, but in less breadth and depth.

b) Brief outline of Coursework/Controlled Assessments

The course develops understanding of the wider aspects of Physical Education, how the body is affected by physical activities and also the place of sport within society as well as developing skills of self-assessment and development of student’s own skill level.

General Information about the Course

Practical clothing suitable for physical activity is required.  Physical education students have a wide range of opportunities open to them in areas such as education, sports science, physiotherapy, the leisure industry, coaching, the armed forces, and emergency services.

Students can continue to study physical education and sports science into higher education or move directly into employment in a number of sectors.

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