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Physical Education at Brighouse High School

Course description

To study A level PE you should relish the prospect of learning more about the theoretical aspect of Sports Science and Sports Psychology and also the impact of the sporting world on today’s society and also the impact of society on sport.

You will develop your understanding of the relationship between physical performance, anatomy and the ‘psyche’ of sports performance.

It is an academic study of sport and 70% of the assessment is written examinations.

As a subject it will support degrees in Sports and Exercise Science, Physiotherapy, Teaching and Sports Coaching, Nutrition and Performance. It is classified as a science subject for some degree courses such as psychology.

You are also expected to be actively involved in training & competing at a high level in at least one sport, and we will encourage you to become involved in leadership and gaining additional coaching qualifications.

Course content

Year one Course Content:

Factors affecting participation in physical activity and sport- written exam at the end of year 13


Applied Anatomy and Physiology

The cardio-vascular system, the respiratory System, neuromuscular System

Analysis of Movement

Energy systems


Skill Acquisition:

Skill, skill continuums and transfer of skills, impact of skill classification on structure of practice for learning

Principles and theories of learning and performance and the use of guidance and feedback

Memory models


Sport and Society:

Emergence of globalisation of sport in the 21st century: Pre-industrial (pre-1780) Industrial and post-industrial (1780–1900) Post World War II (1950’s to present)

The impact of sport on society and of society on sport

Sociological theory applied to equal opportunities


If you complete the AS standalone qualification you will be assessed by a written exam of 2 hours and one practical and analysis courswork submission


Year two Course Content:

Factors affecting optimal performance in physical activity and sport –written exam at the end of year 13

Exercise Physiology & Biomechanics:

Diet and nutrition and their effect on physical activity and performance

Preparation and training methods in relation to maintaining physical activity and performance

Injury prevention and the rehabilitation of injury

Biomechanical principles


Linear, angular and projectile motion

Fluid mechanics


Sports Psychology

Aspects of personality, attitudes

Arousal, anxiety, aggression & stress management

Motivation/Achievement motivation theory

Social facilitation and group dynamics

Importance of goal setting & leadership

Attribution theory

Self-efficacy and confidence


Sport and society and technology in sport

Concepts of physical activity and sport

Development of elite performers in sport

Ethics, violence, drugs in sport and the law in sport

Impact of commercialisation on physical activity and sport and the relationship between sport and the media

The role of technology in physical activity and sport


Non-Exam Assessment (Internal assessment/external moderation)

Students will be assessed as a performer or coach in one sport

Written/verbal analysis of performance

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements:  A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

GCSE Physical Education is desirable/ a B grade is preferable if studied. 


Assessment: 2 exams and 1 practical/analysis at the end of 2 years of study in May/June 2018

This is a two year linear course.  The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Brighouse High School directly.

Last updated date: 08 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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