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Exmouth Community College

Exmouth Community CollegeAcademy Trust


A Level PE

Board: AQA

This course is suited to students who have a genuine interest in sporting excellence and the science behind it.  The two year course, covers seven theoretical units per year and one personal sporting performance.  Units include: Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Socio-Cultural Issues, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Technology of Sport and Skill Acquisition.  

The course is 80% theory and 20% practical over two years.

The course is extremely demanding both practically and theoretically, therefore, students MUST be competitively taking part in a sport / activity outside of College.

Progression routes from the course include the armed forces, public services, physiotherapy, fitness instructor, sport and leisure management, PE teaching, sports science and coaching.

What qualifications will I need?

A 5 grade in the GCSE PE theory paper, one strong practical score of 20 or above, along with a double 5 in science.  

There is also a requirement to be regularly taking part in your sport/activity and Post 16 enrichment sport.

BTEC Diploma in Sport

The BTEC Diploma is a vocational course designed to give learners a basic grounding in understanding and knowledge of the sport and active leisure sector.  The course is designed to develop essential skills, techniques, personal skills and attributes required to achieve your goals, whether gaining employment, securing career progression or progressing to further qualifications or higher education.

The course involves completing a variety of units that will include both theory and practical elements.  Assessments will happen through a variety of activities: in the workplace, role play, presentations and written assignments, allowing you the flexibility to demonstrate your knowledge in a variety of ways.  The new course will include two exams during the two years which go towards your final grade. The BTEC Level 3 Diploma is equivalent to 2 A levels, allowing you to study another subject along side.

We also aim to provide you with the opportunity to complete additional sport related qualifications in order to help you gain employment, such as First Aid, Leadership courses and YMCA Certificate in Fitness Instructing.

What qualifications do I need?

You need to achieve a grade 5 at GCSE PE and a 5 in Science.  You need to have a strong interest in both the theoretical and practical aspects of sport and PE, as well as demonstrating a willingness to work both independently and as part of a group.  It is essential to relish new challenges, participate with enthusiasm and have a positive attitude at all times.  This is a very popular course which is often over-subscribed, so the ability to demonstrate the above is crucial if wanting to be considered for this course.

What next?

Many students go on to Further Education, Higher Education, Apprenticeships or Employment.