Physical Education (PE)

A Level

Physical Education (PE)

Why should I study this course?

Passionate about sport? Introduce a physical dimension to your studies and bring sporting theory to life with this active A Level.

You will learn to understand and analyse the major concepts and principles underlying sport and physical education. This will include exploring movement, the effects of exercise and training, acquisition of skills, healthy lifestyle and barriers faced by minority groups. You will also look at elite preparation, training, contemporary issues within sport, psychological techniques and sports injuries.

You may want to study Physical Education if you are interested in a career in sport and are motivated to study a range of different topics across sport.

Staff bios: Adam Bolder  Lois Thorley    Kate Cavanagh

What will I study?

Component 1: Physiological factors affecting performance

1.1 Applied anatomy and physiology
1.2 Exercise physiology
1.3 Biomechanics

Component 2: Psychological factors affecting performance

2.1 Skill acquisition
2.2 Sports psychology

Component 3: Socio-cultural issues in physical activity and sport

3.1 Sport and society
3.2 Contemporary issues in physical activity and sport

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How is the course assessed?

Assessment will be at the end of the second year and will comprise of three exams worth 70%, with 15% based on your practical performance in a full, recognised game situation. The remaining 15% will be assessed via your ability to critically evaluate a peer’s sports performance and to make recommendations for strategies to improve their weaknesses.

What will the course prepare me for?

Physical Education is an ideal course to take for anyone considering a job or career in the leisure or sport industries. There are a wide range of sports-related degrees available at university.

Private study

As an appropriate guideline A Level subjects require 4-5 hours additional study per week.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items, a pen, a pencil, a ruler and a notepad as well as sports clothing for practical events and moderations.

How will I be taught?

A variety of methods will be used throughout the duration of the course. Theory sessions will involve a variety of teaching styles, you will be asked to prepare presentations individually and as part of a group. You will be asked to take part in practical sessions and wherever possible practical activities will be used to bring about, through understanding of, the theory topic.

This course is for you if...

…you have a genuine interest in sport and are aiming for a career within this sector, want to introduce a physical dimension to your studies and to understand and analyse elite preparation training

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What are the course requirements?

Five 9 – 4 (A*-C) grades at GCSE including a minimum of grade 4 (C) in GCSE English Language.

It is essential for students to play sport for a club or organisation outside of College.

If you are interested in joining the College, we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.

What skills do I need?

  • Hard work and commitment
  • Ability to work independently
  • Organisation skills
  • Practical ability in sport
  • Initiative and ability to work in group situations
  • Ability to apply theory to practical situations