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Physical Education A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

The aims of this course are to develop skills and techniques required to perform effectively in physical activities. Students will apply these skills in different roles, such as the performer, leader/coach and official.

Physical Education students will develop their knowledge and understanding of factors that enable them and others to be physically active and will help to promote lifelong involvement in an active and healthy lifestyle. Knowledge and understanding of the relationship between skill, strategy/composition, body and mind will ensure that both their own and other’s performances are effective.

Throughout the course students will become informed and discerning decision-makers who understand how they can make the most of the opportunities and pathways available to be involved in physical activity. They will critically evaluate how contemporary products and consumer-focused influences related to physical activity affect and inform young people’s decisions about being involved in sport. Current key influences that might limit or encourage young people’s involvement in physical activity will also be evaluated.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE grade 5 and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).

In-addition all students are expected to regularly participate in competitive sport and training in order to develop their practical skills.


The qualification is split into four sections, three sections are theory based and one has a practical focus.

  • Component 1: Physiological Factors Affecting Performance – worth 30%
  • Component 2: Psychological Factors Affecting Performance – worth 20%
  • Component 3: Social Cultural Issues in Physical Activity and Sport – worth 20%
  • Component 4: Performance in Physical Activity – worth 30%

Future opportunities

Higher education in sport science, physical education, biology, human biology, physics, psychology, nutrition, sociology, physiotherapy, medicine. The specification also provides an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health, leisure and fitness and professional sport.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 January 2017
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    • At the Jo Richardson School, our motto “Success for All” underpins everything that we do at the school and puts the students’ achievements at the centre of our vision.  We have a commitment to the highest academic standards combined with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities offered to all our students.

      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

      Consortium Transport

      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.