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Specific course entry requirements

College entry to include GCSE Science minimum of grade 5,5 or two of Physics, Chemistry or Biology at Grade 5. 

Students must be regularly playing or coaching sport at a competitive level (club, Regional or National).

How will I be assessed?

70 % examination and 30% coursework. Coursework comprises of two components: a practical performance (15%) and a performance analysis (15%).

What will I study?

The theoretical units of this course include the academic study of Applied Anatomy and Physiology, Sports Psychology, Skill Acquisition, Sport and Society and Biomechanics. There are also two practical components of the course. The first is a practical assessment which requires a demonstration of the student as either a performer or coach in one activity from the approved list. In addition to this, you are also required to carry out an analysis of a performer and discuss their range of their performance and ways of improving their areas of weakness.

Where will this course lead me?

Students studying A Level PE go on to a wide range of opportunities on completion of the course. Those who choose to continue their studies by attending university often study courses such as Sports Science, Sports Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy and Physical Education and School Sport. PE will also provide students with a wide knowledge base and skill set and is therefore also accepted as entry into other areas of Higher Education unrelated to sport. Employers in the public or armed services and those in the sports industry also look favourably upon this subject. 

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Nurturing rising talent

Our Elective Programme is designed to help you develop your gifts and interests as part of an enhanced level 3 programme. We will help you realise your potential by nurturing your talent and preparing you for study at the most prestigious universities or for progression to competitive higher-level apprenticeships. Your options range from our Honours Programme, which might include following a fourth A level, to specialist Futures Programmes that will support your career goals.

Level 2 entry requirements

If you’re not quite ready to start on a Level 3 Technical course (T Levels) or a Vocational Level 3 course (BTEC) but want to begin on the path to your chosen career, the Transition Programme could be for you.  

Transition Programmes are tailored to prepare students to move onto Technical or Vocational Level 3 study. They will give you the opportunity to improve your English and Maths, your work readiness skills and introduce you to the technical skills and concepts that you will need for future study and employment. 

As part of the Transition Programme you will study a BTEC Level 2 Award in your chosen subject area as well as the BTEC Level 2 Extended Award in Work Skills. You will also have the opportunity to resit GCSE English and/or Maths if you have not yet achieved a grade 4. 

Entry criteria for Transition Programmes is four grade 3s including grade 3s in English Language and Maths GCSE.

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