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.
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
Clegg, C. Exercise Physiology And Functional Anatomy (1995) Feltham Press
Walder, P. Mechanics And Sport Performance (1998) Feltham Press
Active involvement in a sports club or team is essential. Go to as many live sporting events as possible!