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Physical Education AS & A Level at Presdales School

Course description

The syllabus specification seeks to develop a critical appreciation and understanding of physical activity within the context of sport and physical recreation. This is achieved by acquiring knowledge and understanding through the three main subject areas.

  • The Anatomical and Physiological aspects which influence performance in physical activity.
  • Contemporary, Socio-cultural, Historical and Moral aspects of physical activity.
  • Psychological aspects which influence performance in physical activity.

These aspects are studied at both AS and A2 Levels.

The specification offers students the opportunity to experience and develop an interest in a variety of roles in sport such as performer, official and/or leader/coach at AS and then be able to specialise in one at A2.

Entry requirements

Students are normally required to have obtained at least a grade B in GCSE Physical Education, with a high theory mark. Students who have not studied GCSE Physical Education should have obtained at least a grade C in GCSE Biology or grade B in GCSE Additional Science. A very keen interest in all aspects of sport and recreation, and a willingness to adopt the role of a leader/official or coach within extra-curricular clubs is also necessary.


Assessment is by written examination and practical examination.

Future opportunities

This is an excellent subject to study if you want to progress to university for a degree in Physical Education, Teaching, Sports Science, Sport and Leisure Management and Sports Therapy to give just a few examples. An ‘A’ Level in Physical Education will be very useful for those wishing to follow a career as a Health and Fitness Instructor, Sports Coach, Physical Training Instructor in the armed forces, Sport Development Officer, and many others.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 03 November 2016
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    • Presdales is a five-form entry all-ability school which became an Academy on 1st April 2012, for girls aged from eleven to eighteen. Boys are welcomed into the Sixth Form. Founded as Ware Grammar School for Girls in 1906 on the Amwell House site, it moved to its present site at Presdales in 1964. Since 1975 – when the school’s intake was enlarged – we have accepted girls from a wide area of Hertfordshire.

      The school was rated ‘outstanding’ at all four inspections in 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2008. Language College status was granted by the DfES in 1995 and, on the strength of the school’s high performance overall, Music College status with English as an accompanying strand was awarded in 2006, followed by Mathematics & Computing College status with a Gifted & Talented focus in 2008.