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The A-level course develops knowledge of the biological, historical and sociocultural theories within sport. The course then goes on to apply this knowledge to personal experience and case studies.
The course is split into 6 modules across the two academic years.
- This includes the study of the heart, lungs, skeletal system,
neuromuscular system, and energy systems. This knowledge is then furthered
through the study of biomechanics.
- This includes the study of theoretical concepts that outline how we
improve performance and understand performance such as learning theories,
schema, memory, guidance, feedback, and practice.
- Topics included are inclusive of but not limited to, leadership, team
dynamics, aggression, arousal, and attitude.
Historical studies and Sociology within sport
- Topics include the History of Athletics, Tennis and Football from 1720
through to now with a focus on how key events such as industrialisation
impacted sport within the UK. The sociology looks at underrepresented groups
within sport and campaigns used by the media.
Applied exercise physiology
- Perhaps what learners see at “traditional PE theory” this includes,
nutrition, fitness testing and programming and injury rehabilitation.
Contemporary issues within sport
- This part of the course looks at how the law now aims to protect performers, spectators, and officials as well as substance misuse within sport and the structures in place to support elite performers.
Anatomy and Physiology
Students must have a firm understanding of the scientific and statistical nature of the subject as 10% of the curriculum includes applied mathematics.
Additionally, students will need to be practicing one sport discipline to a high standard, competing at a local or national level. It is also important to note that a detailed knowledge of physiology and anatomy is essential to perform well in both the examination and coursework components.
As practical coursework is a large part of the course, you will need to self-assess and improve your performance.
How will I know how I am doing?
The A-level Physical Education course includes both practical (30%) and examined (70%) assessments.
What do I need to join?
To join the full-time A-level programme, you need at least give full GCSEs at grades 5 to 9 (C to A*), including English Language and Maths.
In addition, for A-level PE you need Combined Science grades 6 to 9 or GCSE Biology grade 5 to 9. If taken, GCSE PE grade 5 to 9 or BTEC PE with merit.
What can I do next?
A-level PE is a good prerequisite to studying sport at university level, e.g. sports studies or sports science, with the option of specialising in areas such as sports psychology, depending on individual preference. Likewise, it is a useful course if you are hoping to pursue a career in coaching or training. Universities offering sports physiotherapy degrees will usually require you to study maths, chemistry and biology at A-level, and will not generally accept A-level PE on its own as an entry subject.
Course information last updated: Friday 17th September 2021 @ 10.30am (1 day ago)