Physical Education

This course is a linear A Level and not an AS. If you have a keen interest in both theoretical and practical physical activity and would like to learn more about the sports science that underpins it all, then you will enjoy this course.



Component 1 - Physiological Factors Affecting Performance

This group of topics focuses on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity.  This includes the body's response before, during and after exercise, how physiology can influence performance and interpreting data and graphs relating to changes in the body systems.

This is worth 30% of the A Level.

Component 2 - Psychological Factors Affecting Performance

This component focuses on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including; models and theories that affect learning and performance; how different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person; group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress.

This is worth 20% of the A Level.

Component 3 - Socio-Cultural and Contemporary Issues

This component focuses on the sociological and contemporary factors that affect physical activity and sport for the audience and performer and how sport affects society.  It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sports and how socal and cultural factors shaped the characteristics of sports and pastimes in pre and post-industrial Britain.  It also looks at the impact of the modern Olympics movement and the influence of modern  technology on spectators and performers and many other contemporary sporting issues including media and deviant behaviour.

This is worth 20% of the A Level.

Component 4 - Performance within Physical Education

Learners will be required to undertake two parts within this component.

  1. Performance/coaching of one sport or activity from the approved list.

  2. The evaluation and analysis of performance for improvement of a sport from the approved list.  This will require learners to identify and justify the major areas of weakness within a performance and propose a long-term development plan to improve the area identified.

Both parts will be assessed internally (where facilities permit, otherwise evidence will need to be provided by the performer eg skiing) and externally moderated.

This is worth 30% of your A Level.


A GCSE in PE is not a pre-requisite for the course.  However, if you did take it, then a minimum of a grade 5 would normally be expected. Participating in one sport at a competitive level is essential.


You are expected to participate in your sporting activity at school, district, county or club level to help with improving your skill level, understanding and performance.


For further details, please contact Mr Flannigan, Head of Physical Education

All current plans for sixth form programmes of study at Bishop Stopford School are provisional, dependent on student numbers and government policy.