Offering additional activities for GCE A level PE

20 August 2014

Over the last few years, centres have submitted a written request to offer an activity that is not listed in the internal assessment guide (IAG). Therefore we would like to make the process more straight forward for you. In addition to the activity list in the IAG, we have produced a list of all the additional activities that have been approved.

If the activity you want to offer is not listed on either the IAG or the additional activities list, you can complete a form (AA1) and submit it to us by emailing We will then liaise with you to see if it is an acceptable activity that can be added to the list.

You can download further guidance, a list of approved additional activities and the AA1 form from the A Level PE qualification page. On the page, click on 'Additional activities' under 'Documents'.

Centres do not need approval to assess activities listed either in the IAG or on the additional activities list. To assess any activity listed in the IAG or on the additional activities list you should use the published generic criteria to assess your students. The generic criteria can be found on pages 29-32 for the AS level and pages 61-64 for the A2 level of the specification.

If, prior to September 2014, you have been given approval to offer an activity but it is not in the IAG or on the additional activities list, please contact us as soon as possible by emailing

Before completing the AA1 form, please refer to Appendix 5 in the specification (page 89) 'Acceptable physical activities'. You can find the specification on the A Level PE subject page. On the page, click on 'Specification' under 'Documents'.

All applications must be submitted to Pearson by 30 October in the academic year of first teaching.

From September 2014, students will be allowed to offer motorised activities for assessment. You will still need to follow the process for seeking permission to deliver additional activities. We have removed references to Pearson not allowing these activities from the current issue of the specification.

If you have any questions, please email us at or contact your Subject Advisor, Penny Lewis, at You can also call 0844 576 00360844 576 0036 (+44 1204 770696+44 1204 770696 for centres outside the UK).

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further queries.

Best regards,

Penny and Nimesh

Penny Lewis - Subject Advisor
Nimesh Patel - Subject Specialist

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