A Level Physical Education

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About the course

If you are considering a course in sport or physical education at University and anticipate a career in either, then studying A-Level PE will provide you with a sound base. As well as a thorough theory element, you will be able to develop your practical skills in a range of both individual and game activities. The close link between the theory and the practical elements of the course will help you to develop your own performance as well as your ability to observe, analyse and correct other performers in a variety of physical activities.


Entry requirements

Studying A-Level PE will prepare you for studying a wide variety of courses at University including; sports science, sports studies, leisure management, qualified teacher status degrees, sports therapy, physiotherapy and many other combinations.


What will I do on the course?

To achieve an A-Level in PE you will complete four units over a two year period. You will do both theory and practical on a weekly basis;

Year 1:

Unit 1: Opportunities for and the effects of leading a healthy and active lifestyle; The beneficial effects of a healthy lifestyle, The physiological effects of exercise and movement analysis, How people acquire sports skills, Opportunities for participation.

Unit 2 (practical): analysis and evaluation of   physical activity as a performer and/or in an adopted role/s (official, leader, coach)

You will select ONE sport and be assessed on your ability to: perform, analyse and evaluate the execution of core skills/techniques in isolation and a structured practice as a performer AND in an adopted role.

Year 2:

Unit 3: Optimising performance and evaluating contemporary issues within sport; Applied physiology to optimise performance, Psychological aspects that optimise performance, Evaluating contemporary influences

Unit 4 (practical): Optimising practical performance in a competitive situation. This unit is designed to build upon your AS work on roles and performances – you will choose one and optimise your performance in it.


Assessment

Throughout each year there are two main study units which will be assessed through one examination and a practical assessment at the end of each year.


What can I do after the course?

Studying A-Level PE will prepare you for studying a wide variety of courses at University including; sports science, sports studies, leisure management, qualified teacher status degrees, sports therapy, physiotherapy and many other combinations.

Many opportunities in the Sport and Fitness industry exist from working in a football club, working within a local gym, forming a career as a sports scientist or sports therapy.


Structure

The course is delivered using a combination of theoretical lectures and practical sessions within our classrooms, our fitness suite and the within the stunning local area.

You will have the opportunity to select a practical option as part of the coursework to ensure the achievement of outstanding grades.

As with all A-level’s, students will be required to undertake at least 3 hours of independent study in addition to attendance at lessons and tutorials. Homework known as ‘Pre Learning’ will be set weekly and monitored. Mock exams will happen throughout the academic year to assess your progress and support your learning and revision in the lead up to the examination period.

Nearer the exam period, extra revision classes will be provided for all students to access.