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Sport and Physical Education A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Are you driven to find out how you can improve your performance in sport?

Are you interested in how our bodies push themselves to their physical peak?

Are you keen to understand what gives Olympic champions the psychological edge over their competitors?

Are you intrigued by why nearly one billion people would watch a single sporting event?

Course content

Year 1

Paper 1: Factors affecting participation in physical activity & Sport

You will learn about the cardiovascular, respiratory and neuromuscular systems and analyse movements in physical activities. You will also study how diet/nutrition, various training methods and biomechanical principles impact on performance. You will consider how we classify, acquire and transfer skill and how this is underpinned by the theories of learning, effective methods of guidance, the feedback given and a variety of psychological concepts.

You will learn about the historical development  and key sociological issues in sport and the part played by modern technology.

Practical Performance in Physical Activity & Sport

This is the practical element where you will complete a personal performance in the role of player/performer or coach. You will also evaluate your performance through the production of written analysis, identifying, targeting and monitoring your own performance. This must be linked to your practical performance and to appropriate theoretical subject content.


Year 2

  • Energy Systems
  • Injury Prevention & Rehabilitation
  • Advanced Biomechanical Principles & Psychological Theories
  • Development of Elite Performers & Current Sociological Issues Affecting Participation & Sport.

Entry requirements

You have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4/C or above, including at least a grade 4 in English Language, an equivalent grade to a C in a Science subject and/or theory paper of P.E if you studied it at GCSE.


• The course is assessed through both written examinations and practical performance. • Two written examinations will make up 70% of the qualification. Practical Performance will make up 15% with the remaining 15% of the qualification based on Practical Analysis.

Future opportunities

Students that have taken PE have combined it with a wide array of other subjects from Art through to Physics. Students have studied the subject further at University and have progressed onto careers including teaching, coaching, recreation management, sports development and Physiotherapy. The recent growth in the health, fitness and leisure industries have led to a large increase in both the career options and Higher Education courses offered in Sport.

Further information

Check our website for the most up-to-date course details.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 20 November 2017
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