Physical Education

A Level

Type of study
Examination board


If you’re considering a career such as physiotherapy, sports development, sports psychology, leisure management, sports science, sports therapy, PE teaching and sports coaching, or the Armed Forces, this is the course for you.

You will develop knowledge and skills to help you understand the opportunities for and effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle. 

You’ll study applied anatomy and exercise physiology, biomechanics, skill acquisition and sport psychology, sport and society and the role of technology in sport.


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Physical Education, A Level HSDC-SD-AP2SPE

HSDC South Downs Campus
Academic Year 2017-18 (1 year)
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A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English Mathematics and Science at grade 4 or above.

You will study applied physiololgy and biomechanics and how we learn skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance. In addition, you will learn about the evolution of sport and society and the technological developments.


The aim of this course is to teach theoretical aspects of sport. This will consist of three sessions per week. In each session you will study a different area taught by specialist in that subject, this will be integrated with practical sport where relevant.

Applied anatomy and physiology will be taught in our sport science lab where you will have the opportunity to take part in physiological tests.

You will get the opportunity to visit the Olympic stadium and experience first hand the urban regeneration that took part in preparation for the 2012 games. There is also a residential in the second year of the course which gives students the opportunity to participate in various outdoor and adventurous activities.


The course is 70% exam, 15% practical assessment and 15% coursework. The practical assessments will be held at various times of the course through observation or video analysis. Revision sessions are also held in the weeks before the exam to help you with your exam preparation.

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My experience at South Downs has been really good, it’s been really rewarding, all the lecturers were so lovely and supportive there’s no way I could have done it without them - the teaching has been outstanding.

Lucie Brooks, A Level student

My experience with the teaching and support was really well, as I’m dyslexic, they helped me a lot and I’ve achieved good grades, so I’m really pleased.

Thomas McCann, A Level student

I’m very, very happy, I didn’t expect to do so well. The College has been helpful and supportive. I loved my courses, and the teachers were really good – every single one of them. The facilities are great, but it’s the staff that really make this place.

Matthew Randell, A Level student


A good A Level pass in a range of subjects will assist you to progress to higher education or appropriate employment.


Sports Coach
PE Teacher
Primary School Teacher
Sports Development Officer
Sports Therapist
Sport Psychologist
Sports Journalist
Armed Forces

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