This is a very popular ‘A’ level taken in thousands of schools all over the country and is well respected by institutes of Higher Education. We are offering the full A-level to our students and all exams will be sat at the end of the 2 year course.
Sport and PE combine well with almost all subjects due to the wide range of study areas
involved, but are particularly suited to combine with Biology, Maths, English, Psychology and Sociology.
Association Football Cycling (track or road) Hurling Skiing
Amateur Boxing Dance Kayaking Snowboarding
Athletics Diving Lacrosse Squash
Badminton Equestrian Netball Swimming
Basketball Gaelic Football Polybat Table Tennis
Blind Cricket Goal Ball Powerchair Football Tennis
Boccia Golf Rock Climbing Trampolining
Camogie Gymnastics Rowing Volleyball
Canoeing Handball Rugby League or Union Wheelchair Basketball
Cricket Hockey Sculling Wheelchair Rugby
Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance
This section takes in three areas: Anatomy & Physiology, Exercise Physiology and Biomechanics.
The different body systems will be covered in great detail in the context of sport and the effects of diet, ergogenic aids and different types of training. The three energy systems and biomechanical analysis are also included.
Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance
This section takes in two areas: Skill Acquisition and Sports Psychology.
It looks at the learning of movement skills, taking into account different methods of practice, guidance and feedback. It will also cover individual differences, like personality and attitudes, as well as group and team dynamics.
Component 3: Socio-cultural and Contemporary Issues
This section takes in two areas: Sport & Society and Technological Influences.
The emergence and evolution of modern sport is studied alongside more modern issues like ethics, deviance and the role of modern technology.
Component 4: Performance within Physical Education
In this section students are assessed in their practical performance (or as a coach) in one sport and an Evaluation and Appreciation of Performance for Improvement (EAPI) task that is done verbally.
This is assessed internally by teachers and moderated externally. It is worth 30% of the qualification.
Component 1 30% 2 hour written paper
Component 2 20% 1 hour written paper
Component 3 20% 1 hour written paper
Component 4 30% Performance (or coaching) in one sport and an
Overall Entry Requirements:
6 GCSE's at grade 4 or above including an English and Maths.
Course Specific Entry Requirements:
Students must have a keen interest in sport and participate in physical activity on a regular basis, playing a sport at club level. The ability to research different theoretical concepts is essential, applying practical examples whenever possible. Strong writing skills are advantageous as the exam paper contains questions that require an essay style answer. If you enjoy playing and watching sport, as well as reading about wider sporting issues then this could be the course for you.
Students must achieve at least a grade 6 in GCSE PE, including a grade 6 on the theory papers, plus grade 6 in English Language, Maths and Science. Students must also be competing in a sport from the approved list of activities outside of school. For students who didn’t take GCSE PE in Year 11 then GCSE Science, English and Maths results will be taken into account.