"Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs even though chequered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much because they live in the grey twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat." Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States

Mr White, Mr Beaumont, Mr King
Entry Requirements: Grade 5 in GCSE PE in addition to good practical ability


The course consists of three parts, all related to the factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport:

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society

Students are also assessed as a performer or coach in the full-sided version of an activity of their choice.


How can Lewis Hamilton react to a stimulus within a 1/10th of a second while travelling at speeds in excess of 220mph? 

How can an elite sportsperson cope with the pressure of performing in front of a worldwide audience? 

Why has there not been a white male 100m Olympic finalist for 32 years? 

How can an Olympic weightlifter lift over three times his/her own body weight? 

Why were the British public schools of the 19th century credited with the formation of the world’s leading sports? 

How can an elite high jumper clear over 8ft, which is the height of a family living room ceiling? 

Study is focused heavily upon anatomy and physiology, skill acquisition and the historical and cultural impact of sport. It is essential that you have a genuine passion for participating in sport and a desire to understand the theory that underpins elite performance. The world of sport is brought alive in A-Level PE. If you play, watch, listen to and have a love of sport, this challenging course will provide you with the foundation you need to study this subject at a higher level.