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Studying A Level Physical Education will give you a fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance. Not only will you have the chance to perform or coach a sport through the non-exam assessment component, you will also develop a wide ranging knowledge into the how and why of Physical activity and sport. The combination of physical performance and academic challenge provides an exciting opportunity for pupils. You can perform, and then through the academic study improve your performance or coaching though application of the theory. Physical Education is studied though a range of different contexts and the impact it has 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.

How is A Level PE delivered at LGS?

A Level Physical Education will be delivered within LGS with the potential to combine certain activities with the LHS/LAS cohort. A Level PE is an applied course in the context of sport. A Level PE is broken into 4 sections – three theory units (Physiology 30%, Psychology 20%, Sociology 20%) and one practical, the Non-Exam Assessment (NEA- 30%). The NEA is further broken into 2 sections – assessment of performance or coaching (15%) and Evaluation & Analysis of Performance Investigation (EAPI- 15%). This course requires pupils to be regularly competing in their chosen sport. While the content is naturally highly engaging, it is equally academically rigorous, with the 3 theory sections incorporating A Level Biology, Psychology & Sociology, as well as Physics to GCSE standard. We therefore strongly advise that candidates are studying at least one of these subjects alongside PE, while sound Literacy & Numeracy skills will also be essential.

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, Physiotherapy, 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.