Physical Education A Level -
WHY STUDY PHYSICAL EDUCATION?
This subject is ideal for students who are interested in a career in physical education or in the leisure industry. The opportunities are vast. The subject can be pursued at degree level in a wide range of courses (see below). Sport and Physical Education is an ideal accompaniment to science subjects, particularly for a Sports Science degree. It is equally useful as one of a combination of subjects for any of the other sports degrees.
THE LEVEL PROGRAMME OF STUDY
Students will assessed within two two hour exams that cover factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport and factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport. Examination topics include; applied physiology, skill acquisition and sports psychology and sport and society and technology in sport. Students will also be assessed practically as a performer in the full sided version of one activity. This assessment must take place within a fully competitive context. Within this element students will also need to provide written and or verbal analysis of performance. The balance of theory to practical within the A Level programme of study is 70% theory and 30% practical.
HIGHER EDUCATION AND CAREER OPPORTUNITIES
There are endless opportunities. Recent students have gone on to study at degree level in: Sport and Exercise Science; Sports Psychology and Coaching Sciences; Football Business and Marketing and Sports Coaching; and Physical Education.
A CURRENT STUDENT’S PERSPECTIVE
“I really enjoy A Level PE because it is so varied. The two areas I like most are the psychology component and practical sport. The practical component allows me to be assessed in my best sport of football. It helps that I took GCSE PE in year 11.”
- Amy Day, Year 12
SUBJECT SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
Students are usually required to achieve a B grade or above in GCSE PE. Students must also achieve grade 4 or higher in English, mathematics and science at GCSE.
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