Why Study Physical Education?

This fascinating course is aimed at broadening learners understanding of the science behind sports performance. It looks at Physical Education from both a theoretical and practical perspective and there is a strong focus on the academic aspects of the course.

There are three main theory units:

  • Applied Anatomy and Physiology
  • Psychological Factors Affecting Performance
  • Socio-Cultural Issues

Additionally, practical performance in a sporting activity is an essential requirement. The practical assessment contains performance within a competitive environment and a verbal evaluation and analysis of performance.

Why Study Physical Education at Worcester Sixth Form College?

At Worcester Sixth Form College our PE course is consistently rated in the top 10% nationally for exam results. We have strong links with previous students enjoying successful careers in the sports industry. Having these inspirational guest speakers who have benefited from the course acts as huge motivation for our current students, with many choosing to study Physical Education at a higher level. On top of this we are regular visitors to prestigious sports institutions such as Cardiff Metropolitan University.

It is expected that you will be actively involved in a competitive sport and you will have the chance to develop your practical skills outside of lessons, hopefully as part of one of our sports academies.

Flipped learning is a central feature of A Level Physical Education with students receiving an innovative podcast to make notes from prior to the lesson. Lessons will focus on actively embedding and applying information from the podcasts to real life sporting performance.

Progression Opportunities

Students may go on to study a degree in Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Sports Therapy, or into sport-related employment. For many occupations including the various forces, Physical Education is a well-recognised and respected course.

Previous students include a qualified doctor, sports psychologists, physiotherapists, teachers, sports therapists, sports coaches, performance analysts and sports development officers.


Lauren Kennard

Physical Education - Nunnery Wood High School
I chose to study PE because I have a real interest in how our bodies work and how this links to sport, so I can relate it to my life. I also study Biology and Maths, and have found that the units such as energy systems and biomechanics have linked really well. The best part about PE is the excellent teaching techniques using screencasts that are made prior to the lesson. These are used the following day for retrieval purposes. I am also part of the Athletics Academy at College, and have achieved great success with my running through this. After College, I’m planning to go to university to study Medicine with a foundation year.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
Physical Education4GCSE Science at grade 4 or above. GCSE Physical Education (if taken) at grade 4 or aboveEssential to have above average ability in one sport.Willingness to participate in practices and competitive sport essential. Commitment to playing sport for College, particularly on Wednesday afternoons. Appropriate kit needed for practice sessions.

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