Physical Education (A Level)
Why study Physical Education?
Physical Education (PE) covers a wide range of topic areas and is vital to wellbeing in everyday life. The transition from compulsory PE in school to voluntary participation is one of growing concern to the government and independent health groups. It is vital that those with knowledge of the health-related benefits of PE continue to study and progress into the industry where there is a increasing need for advice and training.
In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:
- GCSE English – grade 4
- GCSE Maths – grade 4
- GCSE Science – two grade 4s (or one grade 4 + Merit in Level 2 BTEC/OCR Science
You do not need to have studied GCSE PE. You will be required complete transition work over the summer to hand in at enrolment. Without this, you may not be able to take your place on the course. You will also have to complete a trial for a sport of your choice to assess your skill level and suitability for the course (this could be as a performer or coach).
PE looks at the psychological elements of sport then covers nutrition, applied anatomy and physiology and finishes with the development of sport participation from the 1800s through to the modern day, including developments in technology.
These are all linked to the effects on sports performance and how strategies can be used to improve these areas.
The course has good links to GCSE PE and is predominantly a theoretical course.
Students learn through a variety of activities including discussions, note-taking, reading, exam question, tests, practical activities and individual research. As the course is examined at the end of two years, it is recommended that you complete approximately 4.5 hours of self-study per week to support your progress. This should be broken down into manageable chunks to maximise effectiveness. Self-study could include;
• Pre-reading and note taking before next lesson topic
• Making flash cards/posters/mind maps
• Highlighting key terms in notes
• Practicing exam questions and marking them
• Reading through notes and re-writing
• Completing a glossary of key terms
Career and Progression Opportunities
Many PE students progress to careers in teaching or sports science. Many continue into Higher Education to study these areas further and specialise in one of the many areas covered as part of the A Level course.
Course Structure and Assessment
This is a two-year course, with examinations taken in May/June at the end of the second year. The syllabus is divided into two sections – two examinations and a non-examined assessment.
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Paper 1: Factors Affecting Participation in Physical
Examination Board: AQA