A Level Physical Education will develop your knowledge an understanding of the scientific and socio-cultural factors that underpin physical activity, and equip you with skills to be a capable performer or coach.
WHAT WILL I STUDY?
Topics covered can include:
Applied anatomy and physiology - developing your knowledge and understanding of the changes within the body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities and during recovery
Skill acquisition - focusing on how skill is acquired and the impact of psychological factors on performance
Sport and society - developing your knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society
Exercise physiology - understanding the adaptations to the body systems through training or lifestyle, and how these changes affect the efficiency of those systems
Biomechanical movement - developing your knowledge and understanding of motion and forces, and their relevance to performance in physical activity and sport
Sport psychology - developing your knowledge and understanding of the role of sport psychology in optimising performance in physical activity and sport
Sport and society and the role of technology in physical activity and sport - developing your knowledge and understanding of the interaction between, and the evolution of, sport and society and the technological developments in physical activity and sport
WHAT WILL I NEED?
You will need:
Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language
Grade 5 or above in GCSE Maths
Grade 6-6 or above in GCSE Double Science, or grade 6 or above in GCSE PE plus grade 5-5 or above in GCSE Double Science
Two further GCSEs at grade 4 or above
In addition, you will also need to play, or coach, a sport competetively - a full list of eligible sports from the DfE is available here.
If you wish to study 4 A Levels, you will need 7 GCSEs at grade 7 or above, including two at grade 8.
All applicants must have an interview to confirm that A Levels are suitable for them.
We recommend studying another science subject, such as Biology, Chemistry, Psychology or Physics, alongside PE.
HOW WILL I BE ASSESSED?
Assessment is 30% practical and 70% theory, with two examinations worth 35% each.
Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport
Paper 2: Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport
WHAT WILL IT COST?
If you will be aged 16, 17 or 18 on 31 August in the year you begin your course, and have been resident in the UK/EU/EEA for the past 3 years, it will be free. Some courses will have other costs associated, such as for materials and trips. Many of our students are eligible for financial support when studying at college – please click here for more information.
WHAT CAN I DO AFTER?
A Levels are widely regarded as the standard entry qualification for top universities in the UK, and the rest of the world. Many of our students go onto study for a degree at the university of their choice, with some choosing to progress into apprenticeships or other employment.
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