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Physical Education

A Level
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Entry Requirements
A Level Physical Education requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE PE or Science and regular participation in competitive sport or coaching role at a club required.

A Level Physical Education requires you to achieve at least the minimum entry requirements for your chosen pathway plus a grade 5 or higher in GCSE PE or Science and regular participation in competitive sport or coaching role at a club required. The minimum entry requirements will be discussed at open events and at your college interview.

Physical Education

Thinking of becoming a Physiotherapist or a Teacher? Aiming to manage a Gym? Wanting to become a Personal Trainer? Wanting to influence the diet and exercise habits of the nation? Fascinated by the human body? Studying other sciences? Or do you just want to understand the why behind sports performance?

If so, A Level Physical Education is for you.

The course will focus on the application of knowledge and provide you with the opportunity to develop transferable skills for employment and further study.

Course Structure

Physical Education, Sport and Dance has always played an important role here at Wyke Sixth Form College, and although we are not a sports college we have twice been crowned “National Sports College of the year”. You will acquire so many experiences from competing in National championships to competing against fellow students in an intra-tutor league, whatever the level and capability, there is something for everyone. The Sports Department has seen exceptional success both academically and competitively. Not only does the department offer both A Level and BTEC courses to accommodate a number of students across all assessment methods it is also ranked in the top one percent nationally.

Subjects are taught by A Level and BTEC Level 3 specialist teachers and the coaching staff are of the highest calibre. Each member of staff is trained and dedicated to not only reach academic success but also reach the highest accolade possible when it comes to competing. In 2019 the department won a Pearson National Teaching Award and were announced best FE teaching team in the country.

70% theoretical examinations:

A total of four hours assessment split over three examination papers. These will be taken at the end of the two year course in a wide range of questioning styles including; single mark, short answer and extended response questions.

30% Coursework:

You will be assessed in one practical performance, as either a coach or a performer in an activity. You will also be required to analyse a sporting performance in the form of a verbal assessment

Component 1: Physiological Factors In Sport
Examination 1 – 2 Hours (30%)

This focuses on the key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity and understanding the changes within these body systems during exercise.

Component 2: Psychological Factors In Sport
Examination 2 – 1 Hour (20%)

This focuses on the psychological factors affecting sport, including; models and theories that affect learning ; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person.

Component 3: Socio-Cultural Issues in Sport
Examination 2 – 1 Hour (20%)

This focuses on the sociological and contemporary issues that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer, and how sport affects society.

Component 4: NEA (Non-Examined Assessment)
Coursework (30%)

You will be assessed in either a performance or coaching role in their chosen sport, for which you must be competing regularly in you chosen sport, Alongside this, you will also complete a verbal analysis of a performer in your chosen sport, analysing their strengths and weaknesses, and suggesting a suitable training programme.

Sports to Be Assessed In For Component 4

Amateur boxing

Association football








Track or road cycling



Platform diving



Gaelic football








Rock climbing


Rugby league

Rugby union Sculling

Skiing / Snowboarding



Table Tennis




Blind cricket


Goal ball

Powerchair football


Table cricket

Wheelchair basketball

Wheelchair rugby

preparation for the course

To help prepare yourself for this course, we recommend that you visit the PE and Sport department at one of our open days which run from October to January each year. We also recommend that you attend taster sessions in Physical Education at our Wyke Start taster event in July. Summer work will also be available for you to complete following Wyke Start helping to prepare you for your first few weeks on the course.

What are the
Next Steps?

A Level Physical Education is a great foundation for you to progress onto a range of exciting careers including Sports Science, Teaching, Physiotherapy, Coaching, Nutrition, Professional Sports Person, Personal Training and much more.

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summer work

At Wyke Start, our 2-day taster event in July, each of your subjects will set you some work to complete to help prepare you for the course. The work for this course will be available on this page to complete following this event.

The Wyke Experience

Throughout the course, you will experience an array of opportunities that will both enhance your knowledge as well as gaining invaluable insights that may shape future pathways. Opportunities will include visits to a variety of universities, guest speakers from local employers, hands-on practical work experience, on-site massage clinic, clinical experience with the University of Hull, external sports coaching opportunities and many more.

Sport enrichment is also open to you if you like to try new things, meet new people or just keep fit. Wyke is nationally renowned for its sporting excellence – twice winners of “Sports College of the Year.” You will have the opportunity to take part in sport even at a recreational level and the College Study programme enables you to play a vast amount of different sports.

In addition to this, we recognise that applications for Physiotherapy are particularly competitive and over the past three years we have supported so many students to gain places onto these courses at university. In addition to the careers and UCAS advice in college, we offer an established programme to support students considering applying for Physiotherapy. Staff in the PE Department work closely with colleagues in Careers, UCAS and the NHS to ensure students are well advised about their applications and receive the guidance needed to make a competitive application. Whether this is extra individual subject support to secure top grades, help locating work experience, receiving a Physiotherapist mentor from the trust, information on how to apply to university or preparation for interview, Wyke Sixth Form College will be there at each stage of your career journey.

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