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Physical Education *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

Physical Education is a multi-faceted discipline, which has as its primary focus the study of human movement. Physical Education is the development of skill and technique, both physical and cognitive, in order to enhance the performance of physical activity. Implicit within this is the requirement to participate and perform. The course will encourage students to foster an understanding of the historical, cultural and sociological factors underpinning sport and physical education, gain an understanding of the physiological and mechanical basis of performance and understand psychological factors influencing behaviour in sport. In addition, it will develop the capacity to think critically about relationships between neighbouring countries and their political interest in sport.

Course content

Physical Education is available at both AS and A2 levels. There is a large component of exercise physiology and it is recommended that pupils intending to take the subject have a good pass in Biology or Physical Education at GCSE level. Entry to the course is at the discretion of the Head of Department.



One (G451) - Examination 2 hours, 60% of AS, 30% of A2

  • An Introduction to Physical Education
  • Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)
  • Acquiring Movement Skills (Section B)
  • Socio-Cultural Studies Relating to Participation in Physical Education (Section C) 

Two (G452) - Practical coursework, 40% of AS, 20% of A2

  • Acquiring, Developing and Evaluating Practical Skills in Physical Education


Three (G453) - Examination 2 hours 30 minutes, 30% of A2

Section A: Socio-Cultural Options

  • Historical Studies (Option A1)
  • Comparative Studies (Option A2)

Section B: Scientific Options

  • Sports Psychology (Option B1)
  • Biomechanics (Option B2)
  • Exercise and Sport Physiology (Option B3)

Answer 3 questions from 5 (at least one from section A)

Four (G454) - Practical Coursework, 20% of A2

  • The Improvement of Effective Performance and the Critical Evaluation of Practical Activities in Physical Education

Financial information


Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

Sub-disciplines have emerged which have diversified the subject and related it directly to career opportunities. Examples of this are: Sport Sociology, Biomechanics, Sports Medicine, Exercise Physiology, Psychology, Sports Management, Sports Science and Physiotherapy

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years


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    • ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.