Physical Education

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Exam Board: AQA

This is a highly regarded qualification for all those who wish to pursue further education and/or a career related to the Sports and Fitness Industry.  The course also develops students understanding of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle, which would be a huge benefit to any career or further education programme

Course Content

The theoretical course content for AQA:


Paper 1:

Applied anatomy and physiology

Skill acquisition and

Sport and society

Paper 2:

Exercise physiology


Sport psychology and

Sport and society and technology in sport

The non-examined assessment content:

Students will choose to follow one chosen activity from the prescript list provided by the Department for Education, as a player/performer or coach.

Activity list:

Boxing, Football, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Camogie, Canoeing, Cricket, Cycling, Dance, Diving, Equestrian, Gaelic Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Handball, Hockey, Hurling, Kayaking, Lacrosse, Netball, Rock Climbing, Rowing, Rugby League, Rugby Union, Sculling, Skiing, Snowboarding, Squash, Table Tennis, Tennis, Trampolining, Volleyball, Blind Cricket, Boccia, Goal Ball, Powerchair Football, Polybat, Table Cricket, Wheelchair Basketball, Wheelchair Football or Wheelchair Rugby

The students will work on core skills performed in various conditioned situations and performance in the full competitive scenario.

The coursework will be a written document of approximately 3500words which will focus on the analysis and evaluation of a chosen performance.  The document will focus on the theoretical application to practical scenarios.

A Level PE Course Overview:

Enrichment Opportunities

Opportunities to work as coaches and officials with the lower school sports teams.

Working with the department during school House competitions


Theoretical Assessment, the weighting for both boards is 70% of the final grade:


AQA details:

  • Paper 1 (35% weighting)- Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
  • Paper 2 (35% weighting)– Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Non-examined Assessment (Practical and Coursework), the weighting for both boards is 30% of the overall grade:

Students will be assessed in core skills for their activity and then in the full competitive situation.

  • Example 1: Football will be assessed by looking at attacking skills, defensive skills and tactics and strategies.
  • Example 2: Trampolining skills will be assessed through a compulsory routine, a voluntary routine and finally the use of chorographical strategies.

They will also complete a 3500-word written analysis of performance piece of coursework.  This will focus on the analysis of a performance and the evaluation and planning to improve the performance observed.