Sport and Physical Education

Course aims

This course will equip you with the knowledge of a range of disciplines and practical skills to study physical education or a related subject at university.

Entry requirements

You will require a grade 6 in GCSE PE (with greater emphasis on the theoretical component) and 6 in a science (preferably biology), in addition to the general entry requirements.

Course content

Paper 1 – Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Three sections:

  • Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Section B: Skill acquisition
  • Section C: Sport and society.

Paper 2 – Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport

Three sections:

  • Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics
  • Section B: Sport psychology
  • Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport.

Non-exam assessment – Practical performance in physical activity and sport

Learners assessed as a performer in the full sided version of one activity (subject to sporting activity list provided by the exam board).

Course assessment

Written examinations, coursework and practicals.


Recommended textbooks to be advised by your tutor. These will be available from our library facilities.


To study sports science, physiotherapy, sport rehabilitation, sport psychology or teaching.