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P E Studies - AS/A2 Level at St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Course content

This course :

1. Encourages candidates 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/coach and official within physical activities.

Applying their skills in different contexts within a physical activity.

2. Enable candidates to maintain and develop their

involvement and effectiveness in physical activity


Developing their knowledge & understanding of factors that enable them and others to be physically active.

As part of a balanced lifestyle, and

As part of a lifelong involvement in an active and healthy lifestyle.

Developing their knowledge & understanding of the relationship between skill, strategy / composition & body & mind readiness so as to ensure that both their own and others performance is both effective and efficient in roles such as performer, leader/coach and official.

3. Enables candidates to be informed and discerning

decision-makers who understand how to be

involved in physical activity through helping them


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.

Entry requirements

This qualification is open to all students. It is not a pre-requirement that they should have completed GCSE Physical Education/Dance and/or BTEC First in Sport.


AS Physical Education

Unit G451 - An introduction to Physical Education

This unit is assessed as a whole but is split into three main sections:

Anatomy and Physiology (Section A)

Acquiring Movement (Section B)

Socio-Cultural Studies relating to

participation in physical activity (Section C)

Unit G452 - Acquiring, developing & evaluation practical

skills in Physical Education

This is a practical unit and focuses on:

Performance - candidates are assessed in two chosen activities from two different activity profiles

Evaluating and planning for the improvement of performance

A2 Physical Education

Unit G453 - Principles & Concepts Across Different

Areas of Physical Education

Section A - Socio-Cultural Section

Historical Studies (A1)

Comparative Studies (A2)

Section B - Scientific Section

Exercise and Sport Physiology (B3)

Sport Psychology (B1)

Unit G454 - The Improvement of Effective

Performance & the Critical Evaluation of

Practical Activities in Physi

Future opportunities

The syllabus provides an excellent foundation for specialist study in both Physical Education and Sports Studies in higher education and are also suitable qualifications for other areas of study.The specifications provide an excellent foundation for candidates intending to pursue careers in teaching and coaching, sports development, the leisure industry, recreational management, health leisure and fitness and professional sport

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Unknown
  • Duration: AS - one year A2 - two years