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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

Physical Education

Why study P.E.?


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The course follows the AQA examining board PE specification and focuses on the factors that affect participation and optical performance in physical activity and sport.

  • Theory - 70% covers a range of physiological, psychological and sociological topics relating to active, healthy lifestyles.
  • Practical – 30%- assessments as a performer or coach in one chosen sport

Why our students like this course

 ‘I have enjoyed learning about the psychological aspect to PE, as it has helped me better myself as an athlete…’

'I really enjoy studying Physical Education at Notre Dame Sixth Form.  Throughout the course, I have developed myself as a performer with the guidance of excellent teaching.  I love that it involves both theoretical and practical learning, which supports my other subjects of Psychology and Health and Social Care.  Physical Education is always a lesson I look forward to and is helping me to pursue a career in physiotherapy.'

Entry Requirements
A GCSE in this subject is desirable but not essential.  Involvement in a competitive sport would be an advantage.

Exam Board

Accordion Title 

Year 12 Half Term Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Autumn 1 The CV System Skill Acquisition The Industrial Revolution
Autumn 2 The Respiratory System Skill Acquisition Post industrial sport
Spring 1 Energy Systems Learning Theories The Development of Sport
Spring 2 Neuromuscular System Learning Theories The Development of Sport
Summer 1 Musculo Skeletal Information Processing Sport and Society
Summer 2 Revision/paper 2 start Information Processing Sport and Society


Year 13 Half Term Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Autumn 1 Biomechanics/Linear Motion Arousal Concepts and Definitions
Autumn 2 Injuries and rehabilitation Arousal Elite Sport
Spring 1 Diet and Nutrition Confidence + motivation Sporting Ethics
Spring 2 Training Methods Confidence + motivation Performance Enhancing Drugs
Summer 1 Angular Motion Group Dynamics Technology in Sport

Where will this subject lead me? 

Studying Physical Education at A-Level can lead on to University degrees, teaching, coaching, physiotherapy, professional performer, sports media, sports psychology, National Governing Body Officers, The Police and the health and fitness industry.

Working in Sports Analytics is a huge growth area, with many top sporting clubs/organisation employing performance analysts, sport scientists, biomechanics etc. An example of this in practice can be found on the video below.


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Sports Journalism, Sports broadcasting and Sports Social Media officers are also areas that can be accessed thorough A level PE.

You can watch a great series of videos of people who are working in jobs that use PE at  icloud.

For examples of university degree courses and careers leading from this subject,  click here.

For advice on apprenticeship courses, click here.

Contact a Teacher 

If you have any subject specific questions that you'd like to ask.  You are very welcome to contact the relevant Head of Subject.  To find their email address click on Teaching Staff.  For general enquiries, contact the 6th Form Team.