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Physical Education A level at Hartismere School

Course description

This course covers all aspects of physical education, from the design of fitness regimes, the history of sport, anatomy and physiology, to the practical development of numerous sports.


Course content

AS One Year Course
Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation 

This unit explores what constitutes a healthy and active lifestyle, how the body responds and adapts to exercise, methods of fitness training, how competitive sport has developed over time and current sporting policies,
Unit 2: The Critical Sports Performer 
Students conduct independent research into the structure, provision and analysis of physical activity. Students develop their performance in two chosen roles from performer, leader and official. They will record and analyse their performance over a period of time. A study of all three roles at a local level and one at national level is also included.

A Level Two Year Course
Unit 3: Preparation for Optimum Sports Performance 

Students will develop a knowledge and understanding of the short and long term physiological and psychological preparations made by elite athletes.
Unit 4: The Developing Sports Performer 
Students specialise in one practical performance role and develop this performance using a development plan and three further tasks. One sports role in an international context will be studied examining grassroots participation, elite performances and other factors.

What can you expect from the lessons? 
This course is mainly delivered through classroom based activities such as teacher-led discussions, presentations, individual research as well as some practical activities.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE Physical Education or a grade B in Double Award Science. Grade B in English and a strong practical background are also recommended.


Assessment is through a mix of exam and coursework. 

Future opportunities

The transferable skills developed on the course enable you to carry on your study at university. Courses such as Sports Science, Physiotherapy, Recreational Management, armed forces and the civil services are also accessible having followed this course.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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