Course type:
A-levels

A-level in Physical Education

Our A-level Physical Education qualification allows students to peruse their sporting passions by developing a broad theoretical understanding of factors that affect both participation rates within society as well as the performance levels of elite athletes.

Potential careers within the sports industry are wide ranging and an A-level in Physical Education will enable students to demonstrate their passion for the subject to both higher education institutions and prospective employers. We are proud to have had so many of our students move on to start degrees in sport science related subjects across the most prestigious sporting universities in the country as well as embarking on a range of careers including within professional or amateur sport, with the NHS or private healthcare and as a health and lifestyle adviser.

Paper one of the qualification is based on factors that affect participation; content includes the effect of exercise on a range of body systems, the process of learning new skills and the societal factors that impact upon opportunities that different individuals might be afforded. Paper two is focused on the factors that affect elite performance. This content includes exercise physiology, nutrition, biomechanics, sports psychology as well as the role of technology within professional sport.

The final section of the course, that makes up 30% of the qualification, is the assessment of practical performance and a written coursework that challenges learners to apply their newly developed theoretical knowledge to analyse and evaluate their own performance levels.

The practical achievements of many of the talented students that attend Hartpury College to study A-level physical education is impressive. Opportunities to train and play within elite environments at the college with high class coaching in unique facilities has a significant impact on improving these performance levels further throughout the two years of the course.

To be successful you will need to be a logical thinker as well as being open to new ways of thinking about sport, exercise and fitness. This course challenges you to apply the theoretical content covered to real life examples so you will need to be willing to read from a wide range of sources in order to keep abreast of sporting media and developments.

Physical education can be combined with most other A-level subjects depending on your other interests and future career aspirations.

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 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language, as well as:

GCSE grade 6 or above in either Physical Education/Sports Studies. If neither of these subjects are being studied either GCSE grade 6 or above in Biology or grade 66 in Combined 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!

How to apply

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Apply now

We’re currently working on online applications but, in the meantime, to apply to study for a Diploma course, A-levels or an apprenticeship at Hartpury College, you’ll need to download and complete this application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to admissions@hartpury.ac.uk

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus. If you are successful at interview, we will send you written confirmation of your offer on the course - subject to you achieving the required GCSE grades (there will be a form on the website for you to provide us with these on results day). Accommodation and transport details will be sent with this letter (confirmation offer) if you requested this. Please note you cannot apply for transport or accommodation unless you have been offered a place.

Get ready to start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment and the kit and books you may need before you start. There will be various forms you need to complete and send back to us before you start in September. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page

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