Hartpury College

Physical Education

Course Overview

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.

Our students have gone on to some fantastic careers in a wide range of industries and enjoyed some exceptional work placements all over the world, helping them open doors to their dream careers. You can read our students’ stories here

Entry Requirements


General A-level entry requirements: Five GCSEs at grade A*-C, which must include English Language, Mathematics and Science.

To study A-level Physical Education you will need: GCSE grade B or above in PE, Sport Studies, Biology or Double Award Science. You also need to play one sport competitively on a regular basis.

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In Brief


2 Years

Tuition fees

Students under 19 years of age on 31 August 2016:  Tuition is free for the duration of your course (full-time courses only).
Educational visits charge: An annual £65 fee is payable for all Further Education students and covers the cost of outside visits, the engagement of special speakers and a contribution to the cost of administration.

When should I apply

We welcome applications for September 2016 entry from October 2015 onwards. You do not have to wait for your GCSE results. 

How to apply

Download the application form. Please note: you can complete this form on your computer and then print it to send back to us - you are unable to save.

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