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The Physical Education syllabus is both practical and theoretical, covering anatomy and physiology, movement skills and contemporary studies in sport. Learners are encouraged to try out a range of physical activities, including team and individual sports, games, and outdoor activities, and then use the theoretical knowledge they have gained to analyse the different factors influencing performance.
The course also encourages learners to understand and explain global trends in Physical Education and Sport. This syllabus replaces Cambridge International AS Level Physical Education (8666) which was examined for the last time in November 2009.
From 2020, we are changing our policy on the resubmission of moderated coursework. You will no longer be able to resubmit moderated coursework for a future series. Find out how this will impact Cambridge International AS and A Level Physical Education (9396)
We are withdrawing Cambridge International AS & A Level Physical Education (9396). The final examination for this syllabus at both AS and A Level will be November 2023.
We will continue to provide an engaging and high-quality syllabus at AS Level in Physical Education. In September 2021 we will publish a new AS-only syllabus in Physical Education for first examination in June 2024. This syllabus (8386) will be available in the June and November exam series.
We communicated this information to schools in September 2020.
The syllabus year refers to the year in which the examination will be taken.
For some subjects, the syllabus states that Grade Descriptions will be made available after first assessment in 2020 or 2021.
Publication of grade descriptions for these syllabuses has been delayed. This is to make sure that grade descriptions reflect examination outcomes appropriately and are based on the full range of candidate performance after the 2020 and 2021 series.
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