Physical Education A Level

Physical Education at John Leggott College.

What will I learn?

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
Section B: Skill acquisition
Section C: Sport and society

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
Section B: Sport psychology
Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

Non-exam assessment: Practical performance in physical activity/sport
Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of one activity, plus written/verbal analysis of performance

Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in Maths & English, grade 4 in Science – must be actively involved in competition sport which is outside of school/college and a GCSE points average of 4.9.

How long will it take to qualify?

2 years

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: 2-hour written exam (involves multiple choice, short answer, extended writing), A Level weighting 35%
Paper 2: 2-hour written exam (involves multiple choice, short answer, extended writing), A Level weighting 35%
Non-exam assessment: Internal assessment, external moderation, A Level weighting 30%

Additional Learning Opportunities

You could choose one of a variety of additional sports-related activities or play in a college team – choose from sports including football, netball, rugby, basketball and many more. You may also be interested in the Community Sports Leaders Award (CSLA), YMCA Assistant Fitness Instructor Award or School Experience if you hope to go into teaching.

Who is this course aimed at?

Physical Education is attractive to students who:

  • have a keen interest in sport and recreation
  • want a course that develops theoretical aspects through practical involvement
  • have an enquiring mind and are interested in sport throughout the world
  • want to know more about how the body functions and the effects of exercise
  • want to evaluate and improve their own sporting performance
  • enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations
  • want to study a course that is active and that they will enjoy
  • may want to move on to a related career or higher education course

What next?

You could choose to go directly into employment in the sport, leisure and recreation sector or you could go on to study subjects including leisure studies, recreation management or sports sciences at degree level.



  • A Level


  • Physical Education

Course Length

  • 2 Years


  • 16+

Get in touch

John Leggott College
West Common Lane
North Lincolnshire, DN17 1DS

Tel: +44(0)1724 282998,


  • Northern Lincolnshire Education Consortium


  • Sixth Form Colleges Association
  • Ofsted Good Provider