Sport and fitness is a huge industry in the UK and around the world which you can be part of by taking a PE A-level. If you are keen on sport, you can pursue your passion while also preparing yourself for a career you will love.
The AQA A-level is made up of one theory unit (70%) and one practical unit (30%), of which 15% is an analysis of performance and the other 15% is performance in one sport.
The written unit consists of:
• The anatomy and physiological aspects of performance
• The acquisition of skills and the impact of psychological factors on performance.
• Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport
• Physiological factors—energy sources and systems
The practical units are internally assessed by the teacher and externally moderated. It reassures performance as a player, coach and match official, analysing and evaluating performance.
PE GCSE, although beneficial, is not a requirement for this course, but high levels of literacy and regular participation in some form of competitive sport either in or out of school are essential. Other helpful courses at Queen’s would be psychology, biology, English and mathematics.
PE graduates go on to work in a wide range of careers; from professionals roles in sports associations, to physiotherapy, research, nursing, teaching, sport psychology and designing sportswear or even running corporate hospitality at major sporting events.
“Sport is a universal language, building more bridges between people than anything else I can think of.”