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Key Info

Full Time
Course Length
2 years
Course Level

This course is for people looking to move in to higher education or are thinking of a career in the Sport and Recreation industry. It’s also a good course for anybody looking to develop their own sporting performance.

What do you need to apply for the course?

You’ll need five GCSE’s at grade C including GCSE PE or Science at grade B and English Language at grade 4.

What are the key things you’ll learn?

In the first year of the course you’ll develop your own ability as a performer or coach/leader, including in-depth analysis of your sporting and coaching abilities. You’ll also look at the science behind anatomy and physiology and movement analysis whilst looking at the psychological elements of sporting performance.

In the second year you’ll build upon your abilities as a performer or coach/leader in your chosen sport with greater attention to detail. You’ll also cover short and long term preparation and explore the physiology behind elite athletes.

How you will learn

You’ll be taught through a mixture of classroom and practical methods as well as developing your own knowledge independently between sessions.

There are two exams at the end of year one and two exams at the end of year two which cover the components below:

Component 1 (Scientific Principles of Physical Education) accounts for 40% of the qualification.

Component 2 (Psychological and Sociological Principles of Physical Education) accounts for 30% of the qualification.

The remaining 30% is awarded to Coursework

While studying at Sunderland College you will be based in our state of the art Sports Academy using the latest technology within the classroom and practical settings. You will develop knowledge and industry skills from sessions in our strength and conditioning studio, sports science laboratory, sports hall and fitness suite as well as using our Apple TV and I-pads to assist with teaching, learning and assessment.

Where could this course take you?

A-Level P.E can help you enter higher education at Sunderland College or university to follow a degree course in a related subject. This could then open the door to jobs in teaching, coaching, fitness, physiotherapy or the growing sport industry.  Some of our alumni include Michael Oliver (FIFA Referee) and Matt Wylie MBE (Gold medallist in the Rio 2016 Paralympics).

Many of our A level PE students take advantage of our Sports Development Centres and/or our extensive Sport and Physical Activity enrichment offer. Read more about our Football Development Centre here.

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