Physical Education

By studying this course, you will develop an understanding of Physical Education relating specifically to Sport and Recreation and Health and Fitness. Leisure is one of the fastest growing industries in the world today, with gym and indoor sports facility use becoming a way of life. More and more people are learning about the science of physical health and fitness. Those who are interested in sports science can go on to enjoy careers in personal and fitness training, the leisure industry, event management, sports massage and therapy, physical education and teaching

Why study Physical Education?


This specification will encourage you to:

  • develop an interest in sports science and the active leisure industry specific to Sport and Recreation and Health and Fitness;

  • acquire knowledge and understanding of sports science and the active leisure industry through practical and theoretical contexts;

  • undertake practical activities which allow you to apply your knowledge, understanding and skills when exploring the subject;

  • develop skills that enable you to make an effective contribution, including research, evaluation and problem-solving skills in a work-related context;

  • develop knowledge about the importance of technology to sport and physical activity in the industry;

  • develop skills to help to prepare for third level education and/or employment in the industry; and

  • demonstrate your understanding and application of key concepts through assessments.

Course content


The WJEC AS and A level in physical education provides a coherent combination of four areas of study:


1. Exercise physiology, performance analysis and training

2. Sport psychology

3. Skill acquisition

4. Sport and society


Any of the areas of study can be assessed in any of the units. The content can be assessed in units 1 and 3 as part of the written examinations and in units 2 and 4 as part of the analysis and evaluation of performance. The specification enables learners to understand the interrelationships between the areas of study and apply them in a variety of contexts.


Quantitative Skills

Quantitative skills will be assessed in units 1 and 3 as part of the written examinations and in units 2 and 4 as part of the analysis and evaluation in the non-exam assessments.

Summary of Assessment


This specification is divided into a total of 4 units, 2 AS units and 2 A2 units. Weightings noted below are expressed in terms of the full A level qualification.






Pupil Profile: 


The course will appeal to those students who:

  • have a keen interest in sport and recreation

  • want to follow a course that develops the theoretical aspects through practical involvement

  • have an enquiring mind and are interested in sport throughout the world

  • want to know more about how the body functions and the effects of exercise

  • want to evaluate and improve their own sporting performance

  • enjoy discovering about themselves in practical situations

  • want to study a course that is active and that they will enjoy

  • may want to move onto a related career or higher education course

PE Department

Teaching Staff

Mr David Strange (HOD)

Mrs Ciara Agnew

Mrs Sarah Caldwell