Physical Education (PE)

A Level - A Levels

Start Date

5th September 2016

Course Duration

2 years

Type

Full time

Venue

Sixth Form College

Course Overview

A Level Physical Education gives you the opportunity to enhance your knowledge and increase your understanding of the factors that affect performance and participation in Physical Education.

It examines the scientific, socio-cultural and practical aspects of the subject. You will be assessed in one practical activity either as a player, performer or coach.

Exam Board Information

AQA

Progression and Career Opportunities

A Level PE is a worthwhile choice for students who are particularly interested in studying Biology and Psychology or who are considering a career in Sport Development, Sport Science, Sport and Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sport Marketing and Journalism or Events Management.

Sport and fitness is a huge industry and every year more and more people take an interest in sport, health and fitness so new career pathways are appearing all the time.

Additional Information

What you need to know

The core topics studied are:
- Applied Anatomy and Exercise Physiology
- Biomechanical Movement
- Skill Acquisition
- Sport Psychology
- Sport and Society
- The Role of Technology in Physical Activity and Sport

Some mathematical skills are required; these make up 5% of the overall assessment.

Progression opportunities

Physical Education is a worthwhile choice for students who are particularly interested in studying Biology and Psychology or who are considering a career in Sport Development, Sport Science, Sport and Nutrition, Sport Psychology, Physiotherapy, Sport Marketing and Journalism or Events Management. Sport and fitness is a huge industry and every year more and more people take an interest in sport, health and fitness so new career pathways are appearing all the time.

Want to get a headstart in Physical Education?

Make sure you are familiar with the sport rule books and coaching guides for your activity areas. All sports magazines offer views on performing, coaching, science, current issues or the history of sport and are therefore invaluable resources. Regularly look at the sports pages of national newspapers for global events and current issues. Watch sport related TV programmes – sport biographies give a good insight into the lives of elite sports men and women

Suggested reading

Clegg, C. Exercise Physiology And Functional Anatomy (1995) Feltham Press

Walder, P. Mechanics And Sport Performance (1998) Feltham Press

Recommended websites

www.sportengland.org

www.brianmac.co.uk

Live sports

Active involvement in a sports club or team is essential. Go to as many live sporting events as possible!