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Sixth Form

Physical Education

Physical educationThe Nature of the Course

The focus of the course is participation and performance in physical activity as part of a balanced, active and healthy lifestyle. The aims of the course are to enable the students to increase their physical competence, develop their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity and enable them to become informed and discerning decision-makers. Three key factors (physiological, psychological and socio-cultural) are studied throughout the course, enabling the student to gain an understanding and appreciation of how each factor impacts upon participation and performance in physical activity.

Special Features

Area 1: Students focus on key systems of the human body involved in movement and physical activity. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of the changes within these body systems prior to exercise, during exercise of differing intensities, and during recovery. Application of this theoretical knowledge will enable candidates to understand how changes in physiological states influence performance.

Area 2: Students focus on the psychological factors affecting physical activities and sports, including models and theories that affect learning and performance in physical activities. How different methods of training and feedback work and why their effectiveness differs from person to person; group dynamics and the effects of leadership and stress on performers.

Area 3: Students focus on the sociological and contemporary factors that influence and affect physical activity and sport for both the audience and the performer and how sport affects society. It includes the emergence and evolution of modern sport, the impact of the modern Olympic Games, the influence that ever evolving modern technology has on the world of sport.

Area 4: Students perform in one practical activity as performer, leader or official. They verbally analyse and evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a performance and create a viable action plan for the development of the performer.

Skills Demanded and Developed

A strong emphasis is placed on stretching and challenging students’ learning, helping them to engage with the demands of the A Level course. In Year 13, independent study tasks are designed to develop a better conceptual understanding and linkage between concepts across the course, higher order analytical skills, evaluation and synthesis and to improve the quality of the student’s written communication. In addition, leadership skills are developed and students will take control of skills learning and activity-specific warm ups.

Careers and Higher Education Implications

Due to the broad range of material studied, Physical Education is a useful addition to the A Level profile for application to a wide range of courses at Higher Education level.

Strong A-Level Combinations:

Business Studies
IT Design
Any Science Subject

Possible Further Study and Degree Courses 

Teaching and Lecturing Coaching
Recreational Management Outdoor Pursuits
Sports Officials Sport Professional
Sports Administration Work for Governing Bodies of sport
Sports Council Sports Retail
Sports Design and Engineering Medical aspects of sports i.e Physiotherapy
Sports Journalism  Armed Forces
Leisure Industry Police Service


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