Course overview

Have you ever wondered why some people are faster than others, how personality affects performance, or how technology can improve your performance? Physical education is a two year course which providing you with the exciting opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of PE and fantastic insight into the amazing world of sports performance.

Students wishing to undertake a sports science or physiotherapy degrees must have at least one additional science subject when applying, such as biology, physics, chemistry or maths. Students wishing to undertake an 11-18 teaching degree, should ensure one of their remaining A level subjects is a common National Curriculum subject that they are willing to teach alongside PE.

What will I study?

The A level physical education course is divided into four assessed components; the first covers the applied anatomy and physiology, exercise, physiology and biomechanical movement. The second component looks at skill acquisition and sports psychology. The third area covers sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport. The final component is an assessment in the practical performance of your chosen sport.

Within the four assessed components, the main areas which are studied include; physiological aspects which focuses on the impact of physical activity on the body systems; biomechanics which looks at areas of body and how they may help improve performance and prevent injury. Psychological aspects are researched, looking at how memory models can improve movement skills and how psychological concepts may impact and affect participation and performance in sport. Finally, you will develop your knowledge of the emergence and evolution of modern sport including its commercialism in the media. UK routes to sporting excellence looking at ethics and deviance and the use of drugs and the influence that modern technology is having on physical activity and sport.

You will also have practical coursework in which one activity will be assessed from a performance and oral aspect. The activities include, football, boxing, badminton, athletics, basketball, camogie, canoeing , cricket, track/road cycling, dance, platform diving, equestrian, golf, gymnastics, handball, hockey, kayaking, lacrosse, netball, rock climbing, rowing, rugby league/union, sculling, skiing, snowboarding, squash, swimming, trampolining, table tennis, tennis and volleyball.

Trips, visits and enrichments

  • We arrange a  visit to or from a local University to further investigate course content
  • You will represent the College if your sport is offered as a College team sport
  • There are plenty of sporting activities within the extensive enrichment programme which you can take part in

What can it lead to?

A qualification in physical education is rapidly becoming an essential pre-requisite for specialist degree level study. Physical education can lead to many exciting and fulfilling careers, such as PE teaching and coaching, sports development, sports medicine, sports management and physiotherapy. You can also work within the recreation, leisure, healthcare and fitness Industries.

Special entry requirements

We have no additional entry requirements for this A level.

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