Physical Education (PE)

Course Overview

PE at A Level is for students who are interested in working within sport/leisure in the future, e.g. personal trainer, teacher, coach, sport management and/or leisure industry. The course offers both a practical and theoretical approach to sport to extend your knowledge and understanding. The course provides students with the experience and an opportunity to develop their practical skills in a number of areas, whilst extending their knowledge in the acquisition of skill, cultural aspects of society, physiology and sport psychology. The course encourages students to take a developmental approach to their practical skills and have a good understanding of how we learn and improve skills. Students will also undertake peer mentoring within the practical element.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English and Maths at grade 4 or above. Playing to a good standard in at least one sport, preferably to be playing for a club team outside of college, but not essential.


Access to university for study of choice in sport/PE could lead on to potential careers in:

  • Sports coaching (all age ranges)
  • PE teacher (primary through to sixth form)
  • Physiotherapy
  • Sport Journalism
  • Sports Nutritionist
  • Analyst within a sports team (fitness/tactical analyst)
  • Leisure Industry/sports centre manager/personal trainer.


Course Guide
Course Outline

The subject content of the course breaks down into two main (examinable) areas over a 2-year programme of studies:
(Paper 1) Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport, associated with applied anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition, sport and society over sections A, B and C.
(Paper 2) Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport and this covers exercise physiology and biomechanics, sport psychology and sport in society and technology in sport.
The assessment for paper 1 is a 2 hour written exam, totalling 105 marks and is 35% of the A Level.
The assessment for paper 2 is a 2 hour written exam, totalling 105 marks and is 35% of the A Level.
In both sections there is a series of multiple choice questions, short answer questions and longer answer questions.
The non-examined section of the A Level is students are assessed as a performer or coach in a full sided version of one activity. There is also a written and verbal analysis of performance. This is internally assessed, externally moderated and carries 90 marks (30% of the A Level).

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Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements. If the number of applicants exceeds the number of places on offer a reserve list will be opened.

What are the costs to study at Cadbury College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place after GCSE Results are announced. It is usually at the end of August into the beginning of September, with all students being on timetable by the end of the first week of September. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. The enrolment appointment will take between 1 and 2 hours.

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