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A Level: Physical Education

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What will you be working towards?

Code 12
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Why study this subject?

Physical Education is a two year A Level course, in which students will undertake learning in both the theoretical and physical aspects of sport. This course is for those students who have an interest in studying the theory behind sport including historical issues, psychology of sports performance and understanding the physiology of the body. Students will develop practical skills, and will develop their research, group work and discussion skills. Students who compete regularly in competitive sports outside of the Sixth Form will enjoy this course.

Where can this subject lead?

This course can help students move on to a wide range of higher education courses including Sports and Exercise Science, Sports Management, Physiotherapy, Primary and Secondary education, Sport Business Management, Psychology and Nursing. There is an increase in students looking at higher level apprenticeships as Sports Development Officers, Gym Instructors, fitness coaches and private health care.

Details

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport

Section A: Applied anatomy and physiology

Section B: Skill acquisition

Section C: Sport and society

This is a two hour written exam paper (35% of A Level).

Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport 

Section A: Exercise physiology and biomechanics

Section B: Sport psychology

Section C: Sport and society and technology in sport

This is a two hour written exam paper (35% A Level) 

Practical performance in physical activity and sport:

  Students assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity, and written/verbal analysis of performance in the form of a piece of coursework. This element is internally assessed and externally moderated. (30% A Level)

How will it be delivered?

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Entry requirements

Five standard passes at GCSE (at least a Grade 4). This must include at least a Grade 4 in English Language and Maths at GCSE.

Students will need to gain at least a Grade 4 in the subjects they would like to study at A Level.

Literature: requires at least a Grade 5 in English (Literature or Language).

Maths: requires at least a Grade 6 in maths.

Science Subjects:

• For those students who have studied Combined Science at least two Grade 5s will be required.

• For those students who have studied Triple Science at least two Grade 5s will be required with at least a Grade 5 in the science subject/s they wish to study at A Level.

Your next steps...

The subjects you learn about will be invaluable at a personal level and will help you to be better at sport, no matter what your standard. This A Level also opens up a whole number of career options. Like Sport Scientist, Physiotherapist, or working for a national governing body.

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