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Physical Education AS A2 at Magdalen College School

Course description

What do I need to know, or be able to do, before taking this course?

It is not a requirement that you should have studied physical education at GCSE level in order to take an Advanced GCE course in Physical Education. Several topics covered in the course are developments of work covered at GCSE but others are new. What is important is that you should have a lively and enquiring mind, an interest in physical education and sport, a willingness to explore new ideas and an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Is this the right subject for me?

The course will appeal to you if you:

have a keen interest in sport and recreation

want to follow a course that develops the theoretical aspects through practical involvement

have an enquiring mind and are interested in sport throughout the world

want to know more about how the body functions and the effects of exercise

want to evaluate and improve their own performance in a range of sports roles

enjoy discovering about yourself in practical situations

want to study a course that is active and that you will enjoy

may want to move on to a related career or higher education course.

Course content

You will:

develop your knowledge and skills in a range of sports roles

explore the contemporary issues in modern sport and recreation

examine the effects of exercise and the relationships between training and performance

identify the pathways and opportunities available to participate in sport and recreation at a local, national and international level

enhance your understanding of how elite performers prepare for sports competition

find ways to improve your own performance in selected roles through your greater understanding of the subject.

Entry requirements

Science BB, GCSE History or Geography or English grade B.

Students should play regularly/competitively for a Sports Club, and be able to offer 1 sport and one of Sports Leader or Sports Official.

Financial information

The AS course is assessed over two units. Unit 1 is externally assessed through a 1.5-hour examination paper. Unit 2 is internally assessed, through compiling a portfolio of evidence covering the four practical related tasks.

The A2 course is also assessed over two units, Unit 3 through a 2-hour examination paper. For Unit 4 you will submit four completed coursework tasks on your own student CD portfolio

Future opportunities


Many students choose to use their qualification to go straight into employment, rather than go on to higher education. Because AS or Advanced GCE Physical Education develop the transferable skills and the Key Skills that employers are looking for, they can lead to a wide variety of employment opportunities. This can include further training in such areas as recreational management, leisure activities, the armed forces and the Civil Service.

What can I do after I've completed the course?

With an Advanced GCE Physical Education qualification, you will have access to a wide range of possible career and higher education opportunities. You learn and use a variety of transferable skills throughout the course. These include:

collecting, analysing and interpreting data

communicating your findings in different ways

identifying and developing the links between different parts of the subject.

These skills are in great demand by employers, universities and colleges.

Further information


Physical education combines with many AS and Advanced GCE subjects. It supports applications for a wide range of university courses like sports sciences, physiotherapy, recreation and leisure studies' and there are many new and exciting courses related to sport throughout higher education.

For further information please contact Mr Iain Taylor

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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