Physical Education


The aim of the A level course is to develop skills and techniques required to perform effectively in Physical Activities. Candidates may also choose to develop different roles alongside the performer, such as a leader/coach or an official. Coursework also includes a critical evaluation of a performance at both AS and A2. Candidates will experience a number of theory based sessions. A general overview of each unit is given below. The weighting for each unit is also outlined.

AS Units

TypeUnit Area of Study Assessment Mark
AS Unit G451

An Introduction to Physical Education

Section A Anatomy and Physiology

Study of the skeletal and muscular systems, motion and movement, the respiratory and cardiovascular systems.

Section B Acquiring Movement Skills

Classification of movement skills, motor skills, processing information, learning and control of skills.

Section C Socio-cultural Studies

Study of physical activity, sport and culture and contemporary sporting issues.

2hour paper

60% of AS

30% of A2


Unit G452

Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills 

Performance in two activities from two areas or

Performance in one activity and coaching in another different activity or

Performing in one activity and officiating in another different activity


40% AS

20% A2


A2 Units

TypeUnit Area of Study Assessment Mark
A2 Unit G453

Principles and Concepts Across Different Areas of Physical Education

Section A - Socio-cultural options, Option A1 Historical Studies

Popular and rational recreation, public school, athleticism, case studies, drill and physical training.

Section B - Scientific Options, Option B1 Sports Psychology

Individual aspects of performance, group dynamics and mental preparation.

Option B3 - Exercise and Sport Physiology

Energy, health components of fitness, principles of training and performance enhancement.

2 ½ hour paper; Includes synoptic element

35% of A2


Unit G454

Unit G454 Improvement of Effective Performance and Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities.

Performance in one chosen activity or Coaching in one chosen activity or Officiating

in one chosen activity. All these options require evaluation, appreciation and improvement

of performance. The chosen activity must be one which was assessed at AS. 


15% A2


Sports Leaders  

Who can become a Sports Leader?

Anyone can do a Community Sports Leader Award

As long as they are 16 or older and have some get up and go! You don’t need to be a sporting superstar to get involved.   A Sports Leader Award is a nationally recognised qualification and can help you get a job or get into further education.



• The Level 2 Award in Community Sports Leadership gives people aged 16 upwards the skills needed to plan and deliver safe sporting and recreational activities.

• The Award develops vital leadership skills such as communication, organisation and motivation, whilst instilling the confidence and desire in people to make a difference within their own communities.

• The qualification is practical in nature, with an emphasis on learning through doing and applying knowledge, rather than through theory.



• Personal Development – increase in confidence, self-esteem and self-management

• Obtain relevant skills and experience that can be transferred into a variety of situations and environments

• Sports Leaders are well respected in their community and welcomed by clubs and organisations who need volunteers to operate

• An Award often encourages people to undertake further training/education courses to help achieve long term goals, careers and ambitions

• A nationally recognised award that is a stepping stone to employment or further education

• Unique employment and volunteering opportunities are available to Sports Leaders through Sports Leaders UK database


What skills will I learn on the course?

• Communications skills

• Teamwork

• How to motivate other people

• The ability to organise and plan activities

• Improvising: adapting to unexpected circumstances

• Officiating

*All these skills are useful in life and in the workplace as well as in sport. *


A Quote from Stover

“You get to have many friends and there are lots of new things to experience like dancing, badminton and eating pancakes!”

Haleemah, 9

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