Course type:
A Levels

A Level in Physical Education

If you’re keen on sport you can make a healthy living from your passion. Whether that’s working for a football club, as a personal trainer at the local gym, training to be a physiotherapist or sports scientist, or working for a national governing body, there are lots of opportunities.

The course includes study of applied exercise physiology, including nutrition and the respiratory and cardiovascular systems, joints, muscles and the mechanics of human movement. Contemporary issues look at elite performers and world games plus deviance and commercialisation in sport. Do you play at least one sport regularly and to a good level? Are you keen to learn about how good nutrition and sensible use of ergogenic aids can improve performance? Are you interested in how different training methods affect the body and so improve performance and health?

You need to be a logical thinker, to be open to new ways of thinking about sport, exercise and fitness. You should be willing to read from a wide range of sources, including serious newspapers to keep abreast of sporting news and developments. Physical Education can be combined with most other A Level subjects, depending upon your career aspirations. Students wishing to enter Sports Science should combine Physical Education with at least one science. Those wishing to be teachers often choose Geography or Environmental Studies. For a sporting or leisure industry career Psychology or Business Studies work well. Physical Education can be combined with almost every other subject.

A Levels are currently selected from three option blocks that have been grouped to maximise choice, with one choice from each block, and dedicated study time is allocated for A Level students living on site. The A Level timetable is specifically designed to allow students to access compulsory enrichment.

Some of these enrichment programmes enable students to gain an additional qualification that can boost their UCAS tariff points, such as pre-medicine, while the pre-veterinary programme is popular with A Level students hoping to study veterinary medicine at university. Others enrichment activities include astronomy club, conversational Spanish and recreational sport. Please note that places are limited on some enrichment programmes.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
Duration:
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade A*-C (9-4 numerical equivalent) or above as well as:

Grade B/6 in PE, Biology, or Double Award Science.

Why study A Levels at Hartpury College?

Hartpury College is not like a traditional sixth form college. Studying on our specialist College and University Centre campus offers unrivalled opportunities to expand your horizons and achieve your ambitions, from getting a place at the university you want to opening the door to your dream job.

We’ll give you all the care and support you need but we’ll also treat you as an adult and an individual.

Our A Level offer is unique – combining academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport or riding commitments and their studies. You’ll also have access to our exceptional sport, equine and animal and land facilities within a thriving international community. Plus there’s no school uniform of course!

Our students have achieved excellent results with us and many progress on to the UK’s top universities. We’ve even had an Oxbridge offer and other students have gone on to secure sports scholarships in the USA!

Key information

  • Finance

    There is no charge for tuition if you are coming to Hartpury College to study a full-time course and you are under 19 years of age on 31st August of the academic year your course starts. For the lowdown on everything finance related you can click below. 

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  • Accommodation

    Living in on-site accommodation is a brilliant way of meeting new friends and gaining confidence and independence. With support from 24 hour wardens seven days a week, you can be sure that your time at Hartpury will be a safe and enjoyable experience.

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  • Transport

    If you are not able to live on campus or would prefer to go home every evening, there are different transport options available, from minibuses to coaches to public bus companies. Student transport is based on three zones and charging bands. 

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