Physical Education

Faculty: Physical Education

Examination Board / website: Edexcel/www.edexcel.com

Assessment details:

Both the AS and A2 courses have written and practical assessments. The practical assessments for AS will be based on two roles that you will select from. These roles will be as a Performer, an Official or a Leader. One role will be selected for A2.

Written examinations:

Unit 1 is externally assessed through a 1.5-hour examination paper (AS Level)

Unit 3 is externally assessed through a t 2-hour examination paper (A2 Level)

See website for detailed Unit content

Coursework and Practical examinations:

Unit 2 (AS Level) and Unit 4 (A2 Level) are internally assessed, through compiling a portfolio of evidence covering: the two practical roles, as well as  an analysis of performance task (AS) and a Fitness Development plan (A2). There will also be a practical moderation day where you will be assessed by external examiners in your chosen roles. See website for detailed Unit content.


  • Personal Performance – based on evidencing your two practical roles (AS & A2 Level)

  • Local and National Study (AS Level)

  • International Study and Life plan (A2 Level)

  • Performance analysis – completing five analysis exercises (AS Level)

  • Development Plan (A2)

Course Outline

It is not a requirement that you should have studied physical education at GCSE/BTEC level in order to take an Advanced GCE course in Physical Education. Several topics in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE but others are new. What is important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in physical education and sport, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively. You must also be participating regularly in a sport for a club either inside or outside of school.

What will I learn?

You will:

  • Develop your knowledge and skills in a range of sports roles

  • Explore the contemporary issues in modern sport and recreation

  • Examine the effects of exercise and the relationship between training and performance

  • Identify the pathways and opportunities available to participate in sport and recreation at a local, national and international level

  • Enhance your understanding of how elite performers prepare for sports competition

  • Find ways to improve your own performance in selected roles through your greater understanding of the subject

Skills / Aptitudes required to be successful in this course:

Students must have an interest in sport and have the necessary organisational skills in order to cope with both coursework and examination demands. For example, using private study lessons effectively to carry out extended research. They must be involved with a sport in order to complete the practical assessments; this can be at either school or club level. They will need to give time outside of the lesson to carry out their roles as a performer, leader or official (this will require officiating qualifications)

Goes well with:

AS Biology, AS Psychology, AS Geography and AS Sociology

Pathways – Career and /or further study possibilities, using this subject:

University: Sports Science /Physiotherapy/Psychology/Sports Coaching degrees

Careers:  Physiotherapist/Teaching/Fitness instructor/Personal Trainer/Sports Coach/Dietician/Psychologist/

For further information, please contact:

Mr Welch (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Mr Rowling (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Thursday the 25th. Hendon School, Golders Rise, Hendon, London, NW4 2HP ~ Tel: 020 8202 9004 ~ Fax: 020 8202 3341 ~ E-mail: info@hendonschool.co.uk