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Physical Education GCE AS/A Level 3 at Fulston Manor School

Course description



This course provides a broad basis of study for the vocational sector and is ideal for students who currently have a keen interest in sport science, fitness and health, and participate in a sport to a good standard. It is also highly suited to students who enjoy Science (particularly Biology) and want to study anatomy and physiology in more depth. The course includes the study of fitness training and programmes, and professional development in the sports industry. The course is ideal for students who aim to progress to higher education and ultimately to employment in the sport sector.


The Pearson BTEC National Extended Certificate in Sport is a qualification for post-16 learners who want to continue their education through applied learning. This qualification is designed to support progression to higher education when taken as part of a programme of study that includes other appropriate BTEC Nationals or A Levels. The qualification carries UCAS points and is recognised by higher education providers.

Course content



  1. Anatomy and Physiology (120 GLH)


  2. Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (120 GLH)

    3. Professional Development in the Sports Industry (60 GLH)

    4. Application of Fitness Testing (60 GLH)

Entry requirements


A student must have passed five GCSEs at 9 to 4 (or equivalent), which should ideally include English, Mathematics and Science. An interest in the theoretical aspects of GCSE PE is highly recommended but not essential. Any other students would be at the acceptance of the course leader, after due discussion of the results.



Unit 1: Anatomy and physiology (written exam set and marked by Pearson) (90 Minutes, 90 Marks)

The paper will contain short and long answer questions which will assess learners understanding of anatomy and physiology and how the different systems of the body can affect sports performance.


Unit 2: Fitness Training and Programming for Health, Sport and Well-being (pre-release task set and marked by Pearson) (2 hours, 60 marks)

Students will interpret lifestyle factors and health screening data in order to create and justify a fitness training programme based on these interpretations. The task will require learners to develop and justify a training programme that meets the need of a specific client.


Units 3 & 4 (assignment set and marked by centre and verified by Pearson)

Teachers create assignment briefs and students carry out set tasks, creating evidence to support a work-related scenario.

Future opportunities

Successful completion of this course could lead to: sports science and physical education degree courses. These would prepare students for work in physical education teaching or sports and recreation management, the fitness industry, physiotherapy and coaching.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your CXK Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 27 September 2018
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Key information

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