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Physical Education AS at St Peter's School, Huntingdon

Course description

The aims of the GCE in Physical Education are to:


1 encourages students to become increasingly physically competent by:


  • developing the skills and techniques they require to perform effectively in physical activities
  • applying and adapting a wide range of skills and techniques effectively in different types of physical activity
  • developing and applying their skills in different roles, such as performer, leader and official within physical activities
  • applying their skills in different contexts within a physical activity.


2 enable students to maintain and develop their involvement and effectiveness in physical activity through:


  • developing their knowledge and understanding of factors that enable them and others to be physically active
  • as part of a balanced lifestyle
  • as part of a lifelong involvement in an active and healthy lifestyle
  • developing their knowledge and understanding of the relationship between skill, strategy/composition, and body and mind readiness in ensuring effective and efficient performance in their own and others’ roles such as performer, leader and official.


3 enable students to be informed and discerning decision makers who understand how to be involved in physical activity through helping them to:


  • understand how they and others make the most of the opportunities and pathways available to be involved in physical activity
  • understand and critically evaluate how contemporary products and consumer-focused influences related to physical activity affect and inform young people’s decisions about being involved in a range of physical activities
  • understand and critically evaluate current key influences that might limit or encourage young people’s involvement in physical activity.


Course content

Unit 1: Participation in Sport and Recreation Externally assessed The first section will develop the student’s knowledge and understanding of what constitutes a healthy and active lifestyle. Students will investigate how the body responds and adapts to exercise, the components of physical and skill fitness and different methods of fitness training. The rationale behind carrying out fitness assessments and the protocols associated with recognised fitness tests will also be considered. The second section encourages the student to develop their knowledge and understanding of how competitive sport has developed over time. They will learn how a lifelong involvement in sport is encouraged. AS Unit 2: The Critical Sports Performer Internally assessed The fundamental aim of this unit is to engage participants in four tasks. These tasks will offer a framework of opportunities to develop practical experiences and conduct independent research into the structure, provision and analysis of physical activity. Students will have the chance to develop their performance in two chosen roles from a choice of three (performer, leader and official) and record their performance over a period of time. They will then undertake a study into the provision for all three roles at a local level, followed by a study of the provision for one role at the national level. Lastly, they will produce an analysis of their performances in the first task.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's School, Huntingdon directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year