Physical Education

Physical Education

Departmental Aims

  • To provide a safe yet stimulating and challenging environment for students, offering them the opportunity to succeed
  • To improve students’ physical literacy and their understanding on how to maintain an active, healthy, balanced lifestyle
  • To equip students with an awareness of the importance of the subject in the wider world and in the context of future career prospects.


  • The majority of Academic PE lessons are taught in our Science Centre which provides the perfect backdrop to teaching science-related modules of the course
  • State-of-the-art equipment enables us to offer lessons of a practical nature in a class setting
  • A team of experienced and dedicated staff, bringing a wealth of knowledge in their specialist areas both in and outside the classroom.

A Level Curriculum

A Level Physical Education is the ideal subject for any individual with a passion for sport who wants to gain a greater understanding about the mind, body systems and history of sport and how it affects performance. The course enables students to increase their subject knowledge and understanding in order to assist them in pursuing a career related to sport. The growth of the sports industry has led to the introduction of an array of jobs now becoming increasingly accessible in a variety of new fields. These include: sports development, sports medicine, sports psychology, physiotherapy and performance analysis. A Level Physical Education provides a great foundation of learning across a diverse curriculum to support students through their learning and on to studies in related fields at higher educational establishments or possible career choices.

The Physical Education specification is divided into four major components; three of which are academic in nature (70%) with the final component being practically based (30%).

Co-curricular, Enrichment, Extension and Support

  • Weekly twilight support sessions led by PE teachers allow students to come along out of lesson time and get help or support with specific areas of the course
  • Attending a revision conference/webinar in London prior to the exam helps to consolidate much information
  • Visits to local universities offer students the opportunities to see the types of equipment and facilities they could be working with on a sports-related degree course.

Each year we have a number of students going on to study sport-related degrees at university including: Motor Engineering, Sports Therapy and Sport and Exercise Science.