Physical Education

A Level

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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.


A minimum of five GCSEs at grades A*-C, including English and Mathematics 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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The tutors were really supportive and it was all thanks to them that I have achieved what I have. I’ve also made loads of great friends and really enjoyed my time at South Downs College.

Lizaveta Sinkerich, A Level student

South Downs has been the best two years of my education. All my teachers were great and amazing, and I think they were the most helpful they could have been.

Megan Capaldi-Tallon, A Level student

The teaching has been really good, I’ve loved all of my teachers, they’ve all been really nice and supportive.

Jodie Hook


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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