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Physical Education (A Level) at Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form

Course description

An interest in the theoretical aspects of Physical Education and Sports Science is essential as the ALevel is majority theory based. To have studied GCSE PE is highly recommended.

The course is varied and students will study theoretical content behind a wide range of topics.

Students will also be required to perform in one physical activity, in the role of either player/performer or coach. They will be required to demonstrate their skills in this sport and should be already performing at a high level with the intent to continue participation in their sport.

Course content

Topic 1: Applied anatomy and physiology – including muscular skeletal system, cardio-respiratory system, cardiovascular systems, and neuro-muscular system.

Topic 2: Exercise physiology and applied movement analysis – including diet and nutrition, training methods, rehabilitation of injury, linear motion, angular motion, and projectile motion.

Topic 3: Skill acquisition – including coach and performer, learning theories, practices, guidance, feedback, and memory models.

Topic 4: Sport psychology – including dynamics of a group/team, goal setting, attribution theory, confidence and self-efficacy, and leadership.

Topic 5: Sport and society – including development of sport, globalisation, commercialisation, ethics and deviance in sport, media, and talent ID.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE PE and a grade 5/6 in GCSE Science. If GCSE PE has not been studied, it is essential that the candidate has gained a grade 5/6 or above in Science at GCSE level.


Students must complete a Performance Analysis and then, based on the results of the analysis, produce a Performance Development Programme.

Future opportunities

The specification prepares students well for further study in various fields, for example, social and natural sciences, teaching, sports science, leisure and tourism. An A Level qualification is rapidly becoming essential for specialist study in PE and Sport Science in Higher Education and is also a desirable qualification for other areas of study, including physiotherapy and nutrition.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Norton Hill School and Midsomer Norton Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 05 December 2017

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