Physical Education

ADMISSIONS - Students will preferably have studied GCSE Physical Education and achieved at least a grade 6 in the theory paper or within one of their Sciences.
COURSE - The A Level course builds on work started at GCSE. There is a strong element of applying theory to practice. Students should be willing to participate in practical activities, which are used to illustrate theoretical concepts. A-level students are expected to commit themselves to school sport, whether playing, coaching, or officiating. 
A Level Units are split into 2 examination papers and a practical assessment

Paper 1 – Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport (35% of A Level)
Topic list

  • Applied anatomy and physiology
  • Skill acquisition
  • Sport and society

Paper 2 – Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport (35% of A Level)
Topic list

  • Exercise physiology
  • Biomechanical movement
  • Sport psychology
  • Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport
Practical Unit – Practical performance in physical activity and sport (30% of A Level)
  • Students are assessed as a performer or coach in the full sided version of one activity (15%)
  • Written/verbal analysis of performance (15%)
ASSESSMENT – Students are assessed in two end of course exams (70%) as well a written analysis of their own performance (15%). Practical performance is also assessed in one sport (15%).
CAREERS - Careers in sport related subjects are the biggest growth area at present and include sports management, physiotherapy, coaching, teaching, sports administration, sport and technology.
* We are currently exploring the possibility of running BTEC Sport and Exercise Science in addition to the A Level qualification.