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Physical Education AS/A Level at South Holderness Technology College

Course description

Driven by the 2012 Olympics, sport and physical education in the UK have never been in such a strong position.

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills needed to focus on not only practical performance but also apply yourself to theoretical concepts.

The practical components of this course allow you to improve, evaluate and appreciate performance both as individual athlete and team player. The theoretical principles will enable you to extend your knowledge of all aspects of the physical, psychological, and historical elements which have made sport what it is today.

Course content

AS Units

An introduction to Physical Education. In this unit you will look at a variety of topics, one of these being Contemporary Studies in Physical Education. This gives you an understanding of Physical Education and Sport in the present day. During this year you will also look at the Application of Physiological and Psychological Knowledge to Improve Performance. This unit focuses on the human body and how it will change and adapt during physical activity. The third, practical component of your studies allows you to develop and apply advanced skills and techniques in a variety of sporting situations.

A2 Units

You will look at principles and concepts across different areas of physical education. You will focus on historical issues within sport and how the past has helped to shape the activities we call sport today. You will be given the opportunity to compare and contrast how different countries approach physical education and sport. Finally you will also concentrate on the physiological and psychological factors that may affect performance. In a practical context you will look at how to improve a performance and critically evaluate practical activities in physical education.

Entry requirements

5 GCSEs A-C grade including Maths and English

A grade B in GCSE subjects is required for most A level programmes. Please speak to the sixth form subject teacher for specific details on course entry.


Your marks for this course will be awarded with 30% of the weighting placed on practical and coursework and modular exams worth 70%.

Future opportunities

Many students go on to Higher Education courses such as Sport Studies, Sport Science, Physiotherapy and Sports Development amongst others.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Holderness Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 23 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years