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Physical Education A Level at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

The course entails a large theoretical element studying a variety of topics. It allows the student to look into the different strands of sport and physical activity in great detail varying from Anatomy and physiology to the importance of sport in society. it has a section of interest for everyone. 

Course content

The topics include anatomy and Physiology, Skill acquisition and the importance of sport in the society. These topics are then studied in more detail in the second year. The practical element includes a performance in a fully competitive situation and a written analysis of performance. 

Entry requirements

Min 6 in GCSE PE & 6 in Biology +  3 other Grade 9-4 or A*-C GCSEs (if you haven’t studied GCSE PE 5 A*-C / 9-4 Grades with B/6 in Core & Additional Science)


70% theory - 2x2hour exams 30% practical element - 15% performance 15% coursework.

Future opportunities

Studying Physical Education will allow you develop a range of valuable skills, which will prepare you for both higher education as well as the world of employment.  Physical Education students often progress to study Physical Education, Sports Development, Sports Management, Sport and Exercise Science, Sport and Business as well as many more courses at university.

Further information

Additional revision sessions will take place in the lead up the exam. 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: 500/2639/2


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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.